Sept - Oct 1781, The Battle of Yorktown, also known as the Siege of Yorktown. General George Washington's defeat of Lord Cornwallis's British army, causing the British to surrender and ending the American Revolutionary War. The British were being defeated by the American colonists, causing the British government to negotiate an end to the American Revolution, giving colonists their freedom.
Charles Cornwallis, 1st Marquess Cornwallis KG, known as The Earl Cornwallis between 1762 & 1792, was a British Army officer & colonial administrator. In the U. S. he is best remembered as one of the leading British generals in the American War of Independence. His surrender in 1781 to a combined American & French force at the Siege of Yorktown ended significant hostilities in North America.
The Siege of Yorktown, Oct 19, 1781, was a decisive victory by a combined assault of American forces led by Gen George Washington and French forces led by the Comte de Rochambeau over a British Army commanded by Lt General Lord Cornwallis. The culmination of the Yorktown campaign, it proved to be the last major land battle of the American Revolutionary War in North America, as the surrender of Cornwallis' army prompted the British government eventually to negotiate an end to the conflict.
John James Peck (January 4, 1821-April 21, 1878) was a United States soldier who fought in the Mexican-American War and American Civil War. He served in the siege of Yorktown, and distinguished himself in the battles of Williamsburg and Fair Oaks. Peck was born in Manlius, New York.