- a village in SE Virginia: surrender (October 19, 1781) of Cornwallis to Washington in the American Revolution.
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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?
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The American Revolution was protracted: Five years elapsed between the Declaration of Independence and Yorktown.Un-American Revolutions
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Lieutenant-Colonel Abercromby, who had led the only serious sortie from Yorktown, chewed his sword in impotent rage.
Cornwallis himself remained in Yorktown, pleading indisposition but perhaps unable to face the triumph of revolution.
This was the case in the peninsula campaign, from Yorktown to the Chickahominy.
But McClellan had definitely abandoned any idea of return upon Yorktown.The Long Roll
He subsequently commanded a brigade at the battle of Yorktown.Hidden Treasures
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It was the most glorious day since Yorktown for American arms.The Land We Live In
From abreast the tail of York spit, up to Yorktown, 33-35.8.
- a village in SE Virginia: scene of the surrender (1781) of the British under Cornwallis to the Americans under Washington at the end of the War of American Independence