When the war in the North was fought to a stalemate, Sir Henry Clinton thought his troops could defeat the rebellion in the American South. Perhaps, with people still loyal to the British Crown, the long and costly war could finally end in Britain's favor.
After the fall of South Carolina, Clinton's strategy seemed to be working very well. He sent Lord Cornwallis to complete the job. But things did not continue according to plan.
With the help of the French, and a stunning convergence of favorable events, General Washington met his enemy at Yorktown. British rule in America would soon be over forever.
Episode 5 of the PBS Series, Liberty: "The World Turned Upside Down," 1778-1783