Victory at Yorktown

Surrender of Lord Cornwallis by John Trumbull, depicting the British surrendering to French (left) and American (right) troops. Oil on canvas, 1820.

Surrender of Lord Cornwallis by John Trumbull, depicting the British surrendering to French (left) and American (right) troops. Oil on canvas, 1820.

I have the honor to inform Congress, that a reduction of the British Army under the Command of Lord Cornwallis, is most happily effected.

General George Washington to the President of the Continental Congress on October 19, 1781.

On this day in 1781, British General Charles Lord Cornwallis surrendered to U.S. General George Washington at Yorktown, Virginia, the last major battle of the American Revolutionary War.

Virginia, in presidential election cycles, is known as a Battleground State. Truth is the Old Dominion was a battleground long before George Washington became the first president. Much of the American Revolution was fought on Virginia land and not quite one hundred years after that the majority of the Civil War battles were fought in Virginia. That surrender also happened in Virginia.

Virginia is a state full of history, from the landing at Cape Henry to the House of Burgesses, to the authors of the Declaration of Independence.

You can learn more about the battle at Yorktown by visiting the Yorktown Victory Center.

Yorktown also played a major role, so to speak in the recent (and current) Broadway musical hit “Hamilton.”

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