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The guns of independence : the siege of Yorktown, 1781

Author: Jerome A Greene
Publisher: New York : Savas Beatie, 2009, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Various editionsView all editions and formats
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In early 1781, after his victories in the Southern Colonies, Lord Cornwallis marched his army north into Virginia. He believed the Americans could be decisively defeated in Virginia and the war brought to an end. George Washington believed Cornwallis's move was a strategic blunder, and he moved vigorously to exploit it. Feinting against General Clinton and the British stronghold of New York, Washington marched his  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jerome A Greene
ISBN: 1932714057 9781932714050 186227312X 9781862273122 1932714685 9781932714685
OCLC Number: 1104894704
Description: xix, 507 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: The campaign of the allies --
The lion comes to Yorktown --
The British positions --
Washington takes command --
Investment --
The noose tightens --
The lion at bay --
On the verge --
The guns of October --
The earth trembles --
Night of heroes --
Hopes bright and dim --
Britain against the sky --
Broken sword --
Endings, beginnings --
Postscript : thereafter --
Appendix 1. Modern photographic gallery --
Appendix 2. The Washington and Cornwallis correspondence --
Appendix 3. The Articles of Capitulation, October 19, 1781 --
Appendix 4. The archaeology of the French Grand Battery complex --
Appendix 5. The artillery at Yorktown.
Responsibility: Jerome A. Greene.

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In early 1781, after his victories in the Southern Colonies, Lord Cornwallis marched his army north into Virginia. He believed the Americans could be decisively defeated in Virginia and the war brought to an end. George Washington believed Cornwallis's move was a strategic blunder, and he moved vigorously to exploit it. Feinting against General Clinton and the British stronghold of New York, Washington marched his army quickly south. With the assistance of Rochambeau's infantry and a key French naval victory at the Battle off the Capes in September, Washington trapped Cornwallis on the tip of a narrow Virginia peninsula at a place called Yorktown. And so it began. Operating on the belief that Clinton would arrive with reinforcements, Cornwallis confidently remained within Yorktown's inadequate defenses. Determined that nothing short of outright surrender would suffice, his opponent labored day and night to achieve that end. Washington's brilliance was on display as he skillfully constricted Cornwallis's position by digging entrenchments, erecting redoubts and artillery batteries, and launching well-timed attacks to capture key enemy positions. The nearly flawless Allied campaign sealed Cornwallis's fate. Trapped inside crumbling defenses, he surrendered on October 19, 1781, effectively ending the war in North America.

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