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About the Loyalists

A Short History of the United Empire Loyalists

Ann Mackenzie M.A. has written in five pages "A Short History of the United Empire Loyalists".

Click here for the English version. Click here for the French translation.

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.