History Tip of the Day – December 31st

Cornwallis surrenders at Yorktown, October 19, 1781

British General Charles Cornwallis stumbled into a trap in Yorktown, Virginia. George Washington has surrounded Cornwallis’s army with more than seventeen thousand French and American soldiers. Any escape over land was blocked by troops led by the Marquis de Lafayette. Any attempt to flee by ship was blocked by the French fleet. On September 28, a massive and continuous bombardment began. For three weeks, day and night, infantry and naval artillery and cannon blasted the British position. Finally Cornwallis surrenders. Although the war will continue for almost two more years, the victory marks the end of major combat in America.