May 16 - Horatio Gates is promoted to Major General. June 17 - Horatio Gates is named Commander of the Canadian Department, but never serves. December - Horatio Gates leads Pennsylvania and New Jersey regiments south to reinforce General George Washington in New Jersey. December 20 - Horatio Gates joins General George Washington at Trenton, New Jersey.
1778 January - Horatio Gates starts serving as President of the Board of War. May - Horatio Gates resigns as President of the Board of War. May 20 - Horatio Gates is named Commander of the Highlands Department. November 7 - Horatio Gates is named Commander of the Eastern Department.
1779 March - Horatio Gates declines to lead a campaign against the Iroquois Indians. November - Horatio Gates is given permission to vacate command of the Eastern Department and winter at his home in Virginia.
1780 May 7 - Horatio Gates is named Commander of the Southern Department. June 13 - Horatio Gates learns of his new command and leaves for the Carolinas. July 25 - Horatio Gates arrives at Coxe's Mill, North Carolina and takes command. July 27 - Horatio Gates leads his army south toward Camden, South Carolina August 16 - Horatio Gates is routed by Lt. General Charles Cornwallis at Camden, South Carolina and retreats to Charlotte, North Carolina. August 19 - Horatio Gates arrives at Hillsborough, North Carolina, 180 miles from Camden. October 4 - Horatio Gates' son, Robert, dies. December 3 - Horatio Gates turns over command of the Southern Department to Maj. General Nathanael Greene. December 8 - Horatio Gates leaves Charlotte, North Carolina to return home to Virginia.
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