Search for a topic, individual keywords, a location, or place. Don't search for the "name" of the war or individual battle. The wars weren't "named" until later -- think about World War I -- it wasn't I until World War II occurred!
Some beginning search terms are below:
(battle or skirmish) AND location of battle
Battle at XX
*If you can limit by date -- try a few months around the date of the battle (after the date of...)
*Be sure to look at the dates and location of the newspaper coverage. If it is a local battle, it may or may not have had broad coverage during the time period -- so use the databases below that cover the time period.
Some of the databases listed below can be searched through the individual newspaper's collections.
The Pennsylvania Gazette - one of the United States’ most prominent newspapers from 1728—before the time period of the American Revolution—until 1800. Published in Philadelphia from 1728 through 1800, The Pennsylvania Gazette is considered The New York Timesof the 18th century.
South Carolina Newspapers - Includes a number of Gazettes from the years 1732-1780. The SCG below is considered the "middle of the road" newspaper from that time period.
The Virginia Gazette (1736-1780)- was the first newspaper published in Virginia and the first to be published in the area south of the Potomac River in the colonial period of the United States.