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1781 In The United States

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13 stars, the Betsy Ross version (1777 – 1795)1) On January 2, Virginia passes a law ceding its western land claims, paving the way for Maryland to ratify the Articles of Confederation.

  • True or False?

2) During the American Revolution, Richmond, Virginia is burned by British naval forces led by Benedict Arnold.
What was the day?

  • January 1
    January 5
    January 10

3) On January 17, during the American Revolution at the Battle of Cowpens in South Carolina: Americans forces defeat British forces.
Who commanded the American forces?

  • George Rogers Clark
  • Lighthorse Henry Lee
  • Daniel Morgan

4) On February 2, The Articles of Confederation are ratified by the 13th and final state to do so.
What is the 13th State?

  • Georgia
  • Maryland
  • Maine

5) On March 1, the United States Continental Congress stops the Articles of Confederation, forming its Perpetual Union as the United States in Congress Assembled.

  • True or False?

6) On March 15, the Battle of Guilford Court House is fought. The Americans lose to the British.
Who commands the American troops?

  • General Nathanael Greene
  • General Nathanael Ironsides
  • General Amos Mansfield

7) During the American Revolution on July 29 , a Skirmish at the House in the Horseshoe: A Tory force under David Fanning attacks Phillip Alston's smaller force of Whigs at Alston's home in Cumberland County, North Carolina (in present day Moore County, North Carolina).  Alston's troops surrender after Fanning's men attempt to ram the house with a cart of burning straw.

  • True or False?

8) During the American Revolution, when does a French fleet under Comte de Grasse enters Chesapeake Bay, cutting British General Charles Cornwallis off from escape by sea.

  • August 30
  • August 30
  • August 30

9) On September 4, what city is founded as El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora La Reina de Los Ángeles de Porciuncula (City of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels of Porciuncula) by a group of 44 Spanish settlers.

  • El Paso
  • Los Angeles
  • San Diego

10) A British fleet under Thomas Graves arrives and fights the French fleet under Comte de Grasse, but to no effect on September 5.

  • True or False?

11) On September 6, in the American Revolution at the Battle of Groton Heights: The British army attacks a fort in Groton, Connecticut.
Who leads the British force?

  • Benedict Arnold
  • William Latham
  • William Montgomery

12) Thomas Graves gives up trying to break through the now-reinforced French fleet and leaves Cornwallis to his fate on September 10.
Where does Graves return the British fleet?

  • London
  • New York
  • Philadelphia

13) When does the American and French troops begin a siege of the British at Yorktown, Virginia?

  • September 28
  • September 28
  • September 28

14) On October 19, following the Siege of Yorktown, General Charles Cornwallis surrenders to General George Washington at Yorktown, Virginia, ending the armed struggle of the American Revolution.
Who was NOT an American or French commander at Yorktown?

  • Marquis de Lafayette
  • Comte de Rochambeau
  • Charles O'Hara

15) Who is elected President of the Continental Congress on November 5, 1791?

  • John Hanson
  • Samuel Huntington
  • Thomas McKean

16) In December 1791, a school is founded in Washington County, Pennsylvania that would later be known as Washington & Jefferson College.

  • True or False?

Check Your Answers

1781 In The United States

  1. True
  2. January 5
  3. Daniel Morgan
  4. Maryland
  5. False. On March 1, the United States Continental Congress implements the Articles of Confederation, forming its Perpetual Union as the United States in Congress Assembled.
  6. General Nathanael Greene
  7. True
  8. August 30
  9. Los Angeles
  10. True
  11. Benedict Arnold
  12. New York
  13. September 28
  14. Charles O'Hara
  15. John Hanson
  16. True
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