Siege of Yorktown

Siege of Yorktown

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  • We have lost a major battle today, but this doesn't mean its over! We will still fight!
  • In Yorktown, Virginia which is located on the York River, which is also nearby to a big city in Virginia, called Newport News, a major battle occurred and it began in September 28, 1781 and ended on October 19, 1781. The people who fought in the war were the Colonists and French against England and the Hessians which are a group of German soldiers that the British hired to aid them in the war.
  • The major generals for the Colonists and the French during the war are George Washington(leading the Continental Army), Comte de Rochambeau, and Comte de Grasse who lead the French troops. On the other side, the major general was Charles Cornwallis, 1st Marquess Cornwallis. In the war, George Washington led 17,000 Continental and French troops against a force of 9,000 British and Hessian troops, this battle is regarded as one of the most important battles in the whole war.
  • At least we beat you in other battles!
  • This war is relevant because it is a really important war, and it also ended the Revolutionary War conflict. This event impacted the British, because now they are forced to sign a peace treaty, and now they have a bigger debt to pay off. The colonists now finally get the freedom and liberty they have always wanted, and now they a good alliance with French too. To conclude, the Siege of Yorktown was an important battle in the Revolutionary War, and it greatly affected the outcome of the war because it gave the colonists a bounce back win after some major losses.
  • Although this is regarded as the last major battle in the Revolutionary War, fighting didn't technically end until 1783 because of minor skirmishs and fights in the Caribbean and Canada which were some arguments between England and France.
  • The casualities are 72 for the Colonists, and 309 for the British. The number of men which were wounded for the Colonists and French are 180 and for the British it is a much larger number of 326 injured and wounded men.
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