Battle of Yorktown

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  • On June 1781 Washington held his troops outside of New York and then he got news that the British were coming to Virginia. Washington knew he had to cross the Chesapeake.
  • Battle of Yorktown
  • Before he got there Washington sent French and American troops to block the British into Yorktown on land. This was to keep them from escaping the area so they would have to fight. He was determined to end this then and there.
  • Being the highly intelligent man that he was Washington also sent French troops to the sea so that they could not escape by boat. The British were stuck and now was when the fighting really began.
  • There is no escape! We are trapped!
  • The sides fought each other back and fourth for 3 weeks until the end finally came...
  • Cornwallis surrenderd to General Washington on October 17, 1781. He sent his Second in Command to give Washington the sword. Cornwallis claimed he was too sick to attend the ceremony.
  • After the battle was over almost all of the generals from each side sat down for a nice dinner together. On September 3, 1783 the Treaty of Paris was signed and it allowed the colonies to be free from England.
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