1776 by David McCullough actually covers the time period fro 1775 through 1777, a period that was crucial for the founding of the United States as a country independent of Britain, rather than merely a British colony. Several major battles occurred during this period. McCullough attempts to balance the perspective of the British with that of the colonists in his treatment of them. Some of the battles he covers include:
- Battles of Lexington and Concord: The battles, fought on April 19, 1775 in the area near Boston mark the opening of the American Revolution.
- Battle of Bunker Hill: Fought on June 17, 1775, this was part of the Siege of Boston, and though the colonists lost, they inflicted heavy casualties on the British.
- The Battle of Long Island (sometimes called the Battle of Brooklyn): Fought on August 27, 1776, this was a major loss for Washington and his army.
- Battle of Trenton: A complete if minor victory, important for the morale of Washington and his troops, this battle was fought on December 26, 1776.
- Battle of Princeton: Fought on January 3, 1777, this was also a small battle but a decisive victory for the colonists, and also a great boost to morale.