The last major battle of the American War of Independence. The British army under General Lord Cornwallis was cornered on the Yorktown peninsula in Virginia by American troops commanded by the Marquis de Lafayette and General Wayne. They were cut off from reinforcement from the sea by a French naval blockade. In early September Lafayette and Wayne were joined by George Washington and French forces from New York, giving the Americans numerical superiority. Cornwallis was forced to surrender 8000 solders and 240 guns, ending British hopes of victory.
Editors. "Battle of Yorktown". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 February 2010
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