- Charles, 1st Marquis,1738–1805, British general and statesman: surrendered to Washington at Yorktown, Virginia, October 19, 1781.
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The British still held New York when Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown in October 1781.Is This the Tavern Where Washington Drank After Beating the British?
November 12, 2013
After all, Cornwallis' surrender only deprived Britain of 8,000 of its 42,000 troops in North America (p. 74).How Do You Defeat an Invisible Army?
February 18, 2013
Cornwallis himself remained in Yorktown, pleading indisposition but perhaps unable to face the triumph of revolution.Washington in Victory
October 10, 2008
I hope we shall soon be able to push Lord Cornwallis in turn.A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion
William Dobein James
I had never been further on the road between Halifax and Annapolis, than to Cornwallis.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
Cornwallis Bland sneers back, meanwhile reelin' in his saddle.
This done, he turns to reemonstrate with Cornwallis Bland for his obstinancy.
And address the envelope, of course, to Mrs. Cornwallis English.Nobody
Louis Joseph Vance
- Charles, 1st Marquis Cornwallis. 1738–1805, British general in the War of American Independence: commanded forces defeated at Yorktown (1781): defeated Tipu Sahib (1791): governor general of Bengal (1786–93, 1805): negotiated the Treaty of Amiens (1801)
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