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Cornwallis - Proposes Cessation of Hostilities

Cornwallis-Proposes Cessation of Hostilities

This is a page from General Washington’s handwritten diary, with excerpts on the Battle of Yorktown.

Here, the General states that "Lord Cornwallis proposed a cessation of hostilities for 24 hours" so two officers for each side "might meet at the house of a Mr. Moore" to "settle terms for the surrender of the Posts of York and Gloucester..."


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American Treasures of the Library of Congress, diary entry for October 17th, 1781.

 

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