John V. Quarstein
Director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center
About the Lecture
General Lord Cornwallis had been fighting since 1779 throughout the South to secure the region for the British empire. He moved his army to Virginia from North Carolina, where he raided and disrupted the countryside again. After several skirmishes, Cornwallis marched to Yorktown for the winter. The French fleet under the command of Comte de Grasse defeated the British squadron during the September 5 Battle of the Virginia Capes. Cornwallis was then trapped by the French fleet and the Franco-American army commanded by George Washington and Comte de Rochambeau. The British general surrendered on October 19, 1781. The last major engagement of the Revolutionary War, this action secured independence for the United States of America.
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“The British surrendering their arms to Gen. Washington after their defeat at YorkTown in Virginia October,” ca. 1819. John Francis Renault, artist; Tanner, Vallance, Kearny & Co., engravers. Library of Congress.