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From the Blog: The 235th Anniversary of Cornwallis's Surrender at Yorktown

Wed, 19 Oct 2016

On October 19, 1781, British General Charles Cornwallis formally surrendered to American and French forces at Yorktown, Virginia, bringing a close to active hostilities during the Revolutionary War. The war did not officially end until the Treaty of Paris was signed on September 3, 1783.

Although George Washington’s war strategy proved to be successful, just months earlier Washington was weary about his campaign and the direction of the war. In a discouraging letter to Congress in April 1781, Washington writes:

“The bare relation of these facts, without combining other circumstances of equal magnitude and uncertainty, or adding to them ...

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