The American Revolutionary War in 16 Pictures - 10/16
But the British of course did not accept the Declaration of July 4th so easily and tried to regain the Colonies. The first major battle was fought on August 27 at Brooklyn Heights. The Continental Army under General George Washington had to retreat after just a couple of days, which gave the British control of the strategically important city of New York. Washington could successfully evacuate American artillery, supplies, and every single man of his troops through the East River.