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Title: The Battle of Yorktown

The Battle of Yorktown
  • By Ben Cheney

The Battle Plan
  • In 1781 George Washington met with
  • General Rochambeau to plan the next attack. They
    decided to attack Lord Cornwallis In Yorktown.
  • The plan was that general Washington would march
    and block of Cornwallis's land route while
    Washingtons allies, the French would send naval
    troops to cut of their water route.

A map of the plan
The Naval Battle
  • On September 5, 1771, the French fleet attacked
    the British navy in Chesapeake Bay. After
    defeating the British Navy, French Admiral de
    Grass positioned his fleet and began bombarding
    the forts with Cornwallis and his troops.

The final Battle
  • After the French Naval ships won the battle at
    Chesapeake Bay, Washington's army for three weeks
    attacked Cornwalliss defenses day and night
    never stopping. Within two weeks all of
    Cornwalliss outer defenses were destroyed and
    escaping was going to be difficult.

The Surrender
  • Cornwallis was trapped between the American army
    and the French navy. By mid-October, Cornwallis
    was running out of food and ammunition. On
    October 19, 1781, General Cornwallis and 8,000
    British troops surrendered.
  • Although this was only one quarter of the British
    troops in America, the surrender has a horrible
    affect on the British government, who were now
    concerned they were losing the war. They were now
    motivated to negotiate the end of the war, and
    the Treaty of Paris.

Signing the Treaty
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