Friday, October 16, 2015

Siege of Yorktown Ends

On October 16, 1781, the siege of Yorktown came to a conclusion as British Lieutenant General Charles Cornwallis unsuccessfully attempted to evacuate his troops across the York River after receiving punishing artillery fire from allied American and French forces. Unable to do so, he conducted a council of war, which determined the British situation was hopeless. The next morning a drummer and officer approached the lines with the officer waving a white handkerchief. The surrender document was signed on October 19, ending the last major battle of the Revolutionary War.