About the Loyalists
A Short History of the United Empire Loyalists
Important Dates In Loyalist History
- December 31, 1775: Defeat of the Americans and death of General Montgomery at the walls of Quebec.
- May 19, 1776: Nineteen day flight of Sir John Johnson and tenants through the Adirondacks to Montreal.
- June 19, 1776: Formation of Sir John Johnson's 1st Kings Royal Regiment of New York.
- November 4, 1776: Loyalist groups join the British fleet at Crown Point.
- August 6, 1777: Battle of Oriskany, on the Mohawk River.
- August 16, 1777: Battle of Bennington.
- September 15, 1777: Formation of Butlers Rangers.
- September 19, 1777: First Battle of Freeman's Farm near Saratoga
- October 16, 1777: Capitulation of General Burgoyne at Saratoga.
- July 19, 1780: Defence of the Blockhouse in Bergen Wood, New Jersey.
- May 4, 1783 :First Loyalist Landing at Port Roseway (Shelburne), Nova Scotia
- May 18, 1783: Landing of the Loyalists with the Spring Fleet in St. John, New Brunswick.
- July 30, 1783: Landing of the 2nd Battalion, Kings Royal Regiment of New York at Cataraqui to rebuild Fort Frontenac and prepare for the arrival of Loyalists.
- September 20, 1783: Cessation of hostilities in the American Revolution.
- December 24, 1783: Disbandment of Loyalist troops stationed in Lower Canada.
- May 22, 1784: Landing of Mohawks at Tyendinaga, the First Loyalists on the Bay of Quinte. Commemmorated annually on the Sunday nearest May 22 with a church service at the altar of the up-turned canoe.
- June 16, 1784: Landing of the Peter VanAlstine's band of Loyalists in Adolphustown.
- June 24, 1784: Disbandment of Loyalist Troops stationed at the Upper Posts.