(1) July 12 - Fort Lee's fortifications laid out. Together with Fort Washington on the opposite bank and aided by a river barrier, the twin fortresses are intended to thwart British control of the Hudson.
(2) July12 - General Howe's forces land on Staten Island and through late-August amass 31,000 men.
(3) August 22 - British cross the Bay and engage Washington's army five days later in the Battle of Long Island.
(4) September 15 - Howe's troops, in pursuit of the Americans, land at Kip's Bay.
(5) September 16 - Battle of Harlem Heights begins. After a month, Washington moves north while the British head for the East River.
(6) October 9 - Three British warships attempting to penetrate the river blockade and silence the protective batteries are repulsed.
(7) October 18 - After being repulsed at Throgs Neck, Howe's forces land at Pell's Point.
(8) October 28 - After regrouping, American and British armies fight the Battle of White Plains.
(9) November 16 - While Washington watches from Fort Lee, Howe successfully attacks Fort Washington capturing 2,800 defenders.
(10) November 19 and 20 - General Lord Cornwallis with over 5,000 troops invades New Jersey in Alpine. Fort Lee, its usefulness ended by the fall of Fort Washington, is evacuated. General Washington withdraws across New Jersey and captures Trenton on December 26th.