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Cornwallis Surrenders

Cornwallis Surrenders

This illustration, depicting Lord Cornwallis as he surrenders at Yorktown, is from History of the United States, Volume 2  (of 6), by E. Benjamin Andrews.

PBS - at its Liberty web site - provides primary-source background on this significant event:

YORKTOWN, VIRGINIA October 19, 1781 - In a stunning reversal of fortune that may signal the end of fighting in the American colonies, Charles Lord Cornwallis today signed orders surrendering his British Army to a combined French and American force outside the Virginia tobacco port of Yorktown.

Cornwallis' second-in-command, Charles O'Hara, attempted to deliver Cornwallis's sword to French general, Comte de Rochambeau. But Rochambeau directed O'Hara to American General George Washington, who coolly steered the British officer to Washington's own second in command, Major General Benjamin Lincoln.

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Media Credits

Illustration, depicting Lord Cornwallis surrendering at Yorktown, is from History of the United States, Volume 2  (of 6), by E. Benjamin Andrews - Chapter 6.  Online, courtesy Gutenberg.org.

Quoted passage from PBS' Liberty web site.

 

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