Brief Timeline of the American Revolution in 1778 & 1779
(to give perspective to the Battle of Chestnut Neck or the Egg Harbor Expedition and the treason of Benedict Arnold)


February 6, 1778 - The United States and France sign an alliance.

May 8, 1778 - Sir Henry Clinton replaced William Howe as Commander and Chief of the British Forces in America.

June 18, 1778 - The British abandon Philadelphia and move across New Jersey to New York, because Clinton is worried about the French fleets.

June 1778  ??  - Washington appoints Arnold the Military Commander of Philadelphia

July 29 - August 29, 1778 - French and American troops launch a joint operation against the British garrison in Newport, Rhode Island.

August 31, 1778 - Clinton sends a large force of ships and men to Newport. The Americans  and The French (under Marquee de Lafayette) withdraw

Late September 1778 - Clinton sends a fleet to Jersey Coast to wipe out the privateers and destroy the iron furnaces at Batsto.

October 6, 1778 - The attack and burning privateering community at Chestnut Neck, NJ.

October 15, 1778 - Pulaski Legion is attacked at Ridgeway Farm, near present day Tuckerton, NJ.

December 29, 1778 - Clinton sends General Howe to attack the southern colonies, because he expected to find more loyalist support there. General Howe captures Savannah, Georgia.



January - June 1779 - The British made progress in the southern colonies.

March 19, 1779 - Arnold resigns his post after facing a court martial for corruption.

May 10, 1779 - May 10 John André wrote a letter to Joseph Stansbury about how Benedict Arnold should act as a spy for the British. 

July 12, 1780 - September 21, 1789 - John Andre assists Benedict Arnold with his spying. Including Arnold's July 15 letter offering to turn over West Point.

October 2, 1780 - John Andre is hung as a spy. Americans discover that Arnold is a spy and he escapes to New York.

For a more extensive timeline of the American Revolution (but without The Egg Harbor Expedition), follow the link below
The site, also, contains copies of spy letters related to Benedict Arnold and many others. An excellent site! Click on the logo to visit the site.

Spy Letters of the American Revolution -- From the Collections of the Clements Library