Lord Cornwallis at Yorktown

Lord Cornwallis at Yorktown New York


Stock #: 313561
Type: Postcard
Era: Divided Back
City: Yorktown
State: New York (NY)
County: Westchester
Publisher: The Concessionaire, The Jamestown Amusement & Vending Co., Inc
Size: 3.5" x 5.5" (9 x 14 cm)

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The main army of the Continental forces being engaged in the vicinity of New York, Cornwallis plundered Virginia during the summer of 1781, unopposed except by LaFayette, whose small and totally inadequate army could do but little in defense of the State. In August, Cornwallis moved his army to the York River, and, believing it to be a strong position, encamped at Yorktown. LaFayette at once placed his army in front on the land side, and the French fleet coming up the river to a position near Yorktown, Cornwallis was entrapped. Washington marched his army 400 miles to join LaFayette, and on his arrival, it became impossible for Cornwallis to escape, and after a siege of 19 days he surrendered, his army consisting of 7,251 officers and men, 840 seamen, 240 cannons and 24 standards, to George Washington, Commander-in-Chief, and the allied fores under Comte de Rochambeau and Comte Grasse
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