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Washington and Rochambeau at the Siege of Yorktown


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.


CDV of dog "Jack," attached to the 102nd Regiment Pennsylvania Vols, and was in the following Battles: Siege of Yorktown, Battle of Williamsburg, Fair Oaks, Battle of the Pickets, Malvern Hill (wounded), First and Second Fredericksburg, captured at Salem Church and exchanged in return for two Confederate prisoners.


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.


James Clinton (1736-1812) was a Revolutionary War officer who obtained the rank of brevet major general. His military experience began in the French and Indian War. During the American Revolution, Clinton served most of the war in the northern department along the New York frontier. During the Saratoga Campaign, he commanded Fort Clinton. In 1780, he temporarily commanded the Northern Department. By October 1781, his brigade had joined George Washington's army in the siege of Yorktown.


Chasseur of the French Touraine Regiment as he would have appeared at the siege of Yorktown, VA in 1781. By Don Troiani


The haunted Nelson House in HDR .. Yorktown, Virginia.."Scotch Tom" Nelson, founder of the Nelson family and fortune in Yorktown, built this mansion in the early 1700's. Later it passed to Yorktown's most illustrious son Thomas Nelson, Jr., who signed the Declaration of Independence, served as wartime Governor of Virginia, and commanded the Virginia militia during the siege of Yorktown.The house is said to be extremely haunted:The Entity of the British Soldier


On this day in American history the Revolutionary War effectively ended with the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown. The Yorktown campaign proved to be the last major battle of the war.