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The Revolutionary War


The Events Leading up to the Revolutionary War
The Battles of the War
The French in the War
Women, Native Americans, and African Americans in the War
Famous People of Revolutionary War
Strengths and Weaknesses
End of the War

This page is about the Battle of Yorktown.

       The Battle of Yorktown took place during September and October of 1781. It marked the end of the Revolutionary War. Cornwallis, the British commander was help up in Yorktown for three weeks. The battle ended October 17, 1781. It started when Cornwallis set up camp with his army at Yorktown. He thought he was safe there because the British navy could supply his camp there. Washington's troops and French troops under Comte Rochambeau trapped Cornwallis by land. The French Admiral de Grasse trapped Cornwallis by sea. Cornwallis was trapped. He had to surrender.

The surrender at Yorktown.

Quick Facts:
  • Americans won
  • Known as the end of the war
  • The French helped with their navy
  • Cornwallis was the British commander in this battle
  • Cornwallis surrendered on October, 17 1781
  • The American commander in this battle was Washington
  • The French admiral was Admiral De Grasse
  • The French commander of ground forces was Comte de Rochambeau