Assumes command of American army; head to Boston; stops at Deane House in CT for tea.
Contracts with New England ship owners to defend New England coast from Britain
Attends meetings in Alexandria about growing conflict with England.
Represents Virginia in Philadelphia at First Continental Congress, Sept. 5-Oct. 26.
Son Charles born
Elected Boston representative to General court
Son Thomas born
Represents CT in Philadelphia at First Continental Congress, Sept. 5-Oct. 26.
Appointed to Second Continental Congress, November.
Late 1774-early 1775 back in CT at General Assembly raising funds for assault on Fort Ticonderoga.
Removed by Gov. Trumbull as CT representative to Congress, Oct. 20, remains for Navy
Appointed by Secret Committee to go to France as secret agent, March; sails via Bermuda; arrives Paris, July; recruits Lafayette, Dec.; Franklin and Lee arrive Paris, Dec.
Ships with goods for Army leave France, March; start arriving New Hampshire, April; last one Nov.
Letter sent by Congress recalling Deane, Dec.; wife Elizabeth dies, June.
Treaty of Alliance and Treaty of Amity and Commerce signed by France and Franklin, Lee and Deane February 6
Congress says Deane can leave Philadelphia, August
In Virginia with brother Simeon through next spring
Represents MA in Philadelphia at First Continental Congress, Sept. 5-Oct. 26
Member of Second Continental Congress; proposes Washington as Comdr. of Army; on Committee for Navy
Takes army to New York; evacuates to New Jersey
Colonial victory at Trenton, Dec. 26
Victorious at Princeton, January; British forced out of New Jersey
Winter at Valley Forge; White Plains in spring
War in south; French fleet arrives, October and then back to France
Defeat at Germantown, September; victory at Battle of Saratoga, December
Lafayette arrives, June
Congress ratifies French treaties, May; blacks begin serving in army; Steuben's military manual published
John Adams replaces Deane in France
Appointed to replace Deane in Paris
Removed as commissioner to Paris
Battles of Lexington and Concord, April
Assault on Fort Ticonderoga by Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold, May 9-10
Declaration of Independence signed in July but word of it does not reach France until November