What was the Battle of Yorktown?

The Battle of Yorktown aka The Siege of Yorktown was last major battle of the Revolutionary War. The battle involved the Colonists and French against the British. There were two major leaders in the battle, General George Washington leading 17,000 Colonial and French troops and General Charles Cornwallis leading 9,000 British troops. General Washington retaliated against the British invasion by surrounding Yorktown with his men and bombarding the town itself. This was continued for 3 days until General Cornwallis surrendered. The British casualties were double the amount of the French and Colonial’s. This was an obvious sign of defeat to the British and ended the war.

Who was involved?
The Colonial and French forces against the British. The leaders were General George Washington (Colonial and French) and General Cornwallis (British) The Colonial troops wore blue uniforms shown to the right. The French wore white uniforms and the British in red.



The battle took place in Yorktown, Virginia, the town itself was on the shores of York River. The harbor made Yorktown a center of trade and business. After the Revolutionary War, Yorktown was reduced to less than 70 buildings. (Originally 250 to 300)

The waterfront district of the town was later destroyed in a fire in 1814. The population of the town was also reduced to a mere 600 from it's greater population of 2,000. It never regained it's economical influence in the colonies.


The battle lasted from September 28, 1781-October 19,1781. It lasted roughly 1 month and was one of the
most influential moments in the Revolutionary War and in history.
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General George Washington was a very influential leader in the colonies from war to politics. He became the first president, he served from 1789 to 1797. He was born on February 22nd, 1732 in Mount Vernon, Virginia. He died on December 14, 1799, in Mount Vernon, Virginia at the age of 67.

General (Lord) Charles Cornwallis was born at Grosvenor Square, London, on New Year's Eve in 1738. He died on October 5th, 1805 when he was 67 years old. (Coincidentally the same age as George Washington)

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