Where Was the Revolutionary War Fought?

Contributor: Meghan Vestal. Lesson ID: 12241

The American Revolution was unusual in that it involved several countries but was mainly fought in the United States. The locations of the battles helped determine the outcome. What states saw action?


United States

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Lion, Beaver
Grade Level
Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Dig Deeper

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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Which U.S. state do you think was home to the most battles during the Revolutionary War?

Bunker Hill

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A battle is an armed conflict fought between opposing sides at a specific location.

Throughout a war, many battles are fought at different times and in different locations. A war ends when one side is no longer able to continue fighting in battles because they have lost too many resources or troops. The Revolutionary War is unique because it is the only global war that was fought entirely on North American soil. In this lesson, you will learn where the different battles of the Revolutionary War were fought.

For this activity, you will keep track of where each battle of the Revolutionary War was fought. Remember, the United States only consisted of 13 states during the war.

  1. Make a list of those states on a separate piece of paper.
  2. You should also include a line that says, “Outside U.S. Territory.” You will use this line to record any battles that were not fought in a state. For example, a few battles were fought in Canada and the Caribbean.
  3. Your list should look like the one below:
  • Virginia
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • Maryland
  • Connecticut
  • Rhode Island
  • Delaware
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Georgia
  • Outside U.S. Territory
  1. Next, put a tally mark next to the states to represent each battle fought. For example, if six battles were fought in Georgia, you should have six tally marks next to Georgia when you are finished.
  2. Remember to put a tally mark next to the line that reads, “Outside U.S. Territory” for any battles fought outside of a U.S. State.
  3. Use American Revolution Battles (Kennedy Hickman, ThoughtCo.) to help you determine where each battle was fought.
  4. When you have finished, review your list with your teacher or parent.
  • Do you notice any trends? For example, were more battles fought in a specific region or state?

Hold on to the list you created. You will use it to help you graph your findings in the Got It? section.

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