George Washington at the British Surrender at Yorktown

The British surrender at Yorktown occurred on October 19, 1781.  It occurred after French and American forces were able to take British redoubts 9 and 10, the lst of the outer British defenses at Yorktown.  This allowed the French and American forces to move their artillery closer to the British lines.  With this, the British situation became untenable and British General Cornwallis asked to negotiate surrender terms on October 17th.  Two days later, the actual surrender occurred with the British marching between the French and American troops to lay down their weapons as British fifers played the tune “The World Turn’d Upside Down.”    Approximately 8,000 British soldiers wee taken prisoner.  With such a devastating loss, negotiations began between the British, Americans and France that eventually led to the signing of the Treaty of Paris ending the American Revolutioanry War.

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~ by americanpresidents on March 8, 2010.

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