George Washington plans the next move of the French and American forces with French General Rouchambeau. Washington plans to take New York. However, Rouchambeau rejects the idea.
British spies have intercepted a rebel order to attack New York.
Permission to speak?
Rouchambeau explains that driving out the British forces in New York is too risky. He suggests to surround Cornwallis in Yorktown, Virginia with French and American troops by land and French Warships by sea.
Did the General say where we're going?
France sends warships over to the Americas to corner Cornwallis and prevent the British fleet from rescuing the general. Around 7,000 French and American troops begin marching toward Yorktown, Virginia to meet up with the warships, bringing their numbers up to approximately 20,000 men.
General Washington didn't share the new plans with many people. He allowed British officers to believe that the plans to attack New York still stood.
Washington wanted to make sure that it didn't even cross the British army's mind that he was planning to attack Yorktown. The American troops had no idea where they were going.
The French and American troops on land planned to form two rows of trenches and lay seige to the British fort. They would wait until the fleet of French warships arrived to cut off the British navy and force General Cornwallis to surrender.