was the defeat that effectively ended the American War of Independence with the
soldier's (7,087 officers and men, 900 seamen, 144 cannons, 15 galleys, a frigate,
and 30 transport ships), under General Lord Cornwallis, surrendered to the American/French
had moved his men to Yorktown with the intention to reinforce his forces and give
them time to rest.
George Washington gave orders to the Marquis de Lafayette to block the British
exit from Yorktown by land. A French fleet would then block the British from the
reinforcements were denied to Cornwallis after the French defeat of the British
in the Battle of Virginia Capes.
British were completely encircled by over 14,000 troops and, over time, the fortified
British positions were being reduced. A 7,000 men British reinforcement was on
its way, but failed to arrive on time.
American War of Independence continued on the seas, but this was the final major
3rd September 1783 The Treaty of Paris recognized the USA as an independent country.