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Patriots Storm the Redcoats at Yorktown - Decisive Battle

Patriots Storm the Redcoats at Yorktown-Decisive Battle

According to the U.S. Army Center for Military History: 

On 28 September these armies [the combined Franco-American forces] began siege operations, using the traditional European system of approaches by parallel trenches. In order to complete the second parallel, Washington ordered the seizure of two British redoubts near the York River. The French were assigned the first, Redoubt No. 9, and the American Light Infantry under Lt. Col. Alexander Hamilton the second, Redoubt No. 10.

On the evening of 14 October, as covering fire of shot and shell arched overhead, the Americans and French moved forward. The Americans, with unloaded muskets and fixed bayonets, did not wait for sappers to clear away the abatis, as the French did, but climbed over and through the obstructions. Within ten minutes the garrison of Redoubt No. 10 was overwhelmed. The French also met with success but suffered heavier losses.

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Media Credits

Storming Redoubt No 10, painting by H. Charles McBarron for Soldiers of the American Revolution.

 

Image, information and quote from U.S. Army Center for Military History web site.

 

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