Northern theater of the American Revolutionary War
It was originally called the New York Department, and consisted of all of New York State. On November 12, 1776, after the British occupation of New York City, the Highlands Department was created out of the Northern Department. The Northern Department then stopped 30 miles south of Albany. After that, it was always referred to as the Northern Department.
The Highlands Department was the smallest in area, and was formed around the defenses on the Hudson River north of New York City.
On May 10, 1775, Fort Ticonderoga was captured from the British.
The major campaigns are divided as follows:
- New York and New Jersey campaign
- Saratoga campaign
- Northern theater of the American Revolutionary War after Saratoga
After War years
This department was the only one to remain after the war. The last elements of the Continental Army were kept to guard the western frontier outposts.