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 (kôrn-wŏl′ĭs, -wô′lĭs), Charles First Marquis Cornwallis. 1738-1805.
British military leader who commanded forces in the Carolinas and Virginia during the American Revolution. His surrender at Yorktown in 1781 signaled the eventual defeat of Britain.


(Biography) Charles, 1st Marquis Cornwallis. 1738–1805, British general in the War of American Independence: commanded forces defeated at Yorktown (1781): defeated Tipu Sahib (1791): governor general of Bengal (1786–93, 1805): negotiated the Treaty of Amiens (1801)


(kɔrnˈwɔ lɪs, -ˈwɒl ɪs)

Charles, 1st Marquis, 1738–1805, British general and statesman.
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Noun1.Cornwallis - commander of the British forces in the American War of IndependenceCornwallis - commander of the British forces in the American War of Independence; was defeated by American and French troops at Yorktown (1738-1805)
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The panorama passed before their eyes like a flash, save when the steam concealed it fitfully from the view; the travellers could scarcely discern the fort of Chupenie, twenty miles south-westward from Benares, the ancient stronghold of the rajahs of Behar; or Ghazipur and its famous rose-water factories; or the tomb of Lord Cornwallis, rising on the left bank of the Ganges; the fortified town of Buxar, or Patna, a large manufacturing and trading-place, where is held the principal opium market of India; or Monghir, a more than European town, for it is as English as Manchester or Birmingham, with its iron foundries, edgetool factories, and high chimneys puffing clouds of black smoke heavenward.
Henry van der Luyden had been Louisa Dagonet, and her mother had been the granddaughter of Colonel du Lac, of an old Channel Island family, who had fought under Cornwallis and had settled in Maryland, after the war, with his bride, Lady Angelica Trevenna, fifth daughter of the Earl of St.
Whenever the town rejoiced for a battle won by Washington, or Gates, or Morgan or Greene, the news, in passing through the door of the Province House, as through the ivory gate of dreams, became metamorphosed into a strange tale of the prowess of Howe, Clinton, or Cornwallis.
The French are good soldiers,” said Captain Hollis ter; “they stood us in hand a good turn at Yorktown; nor do I think, although I am an ignorant man about the great movements of the army, that his excellency would have been able to march against Cornwallis without their reinforcements.
After numerous weather- and ice-related delays, encounters with polar bears and walruses, and other adventures, the trio arrived back in Resolute on 22 August, completing the circumnavigation of Cornwallis Island without the aid of modern maps, only old British Admiralty charts.
Three-year-old fillies have achieved figures of 0020100075330 in this 5f Group 1 since 2001 and these improve to 2010533 if you concentrate on those who finished in the first three of either the Flying Childers or Cornwallis at two.
He leads the reader to understand how and why Cornwallis and the British forces decisively defeated Major General Horatio Gates and the Continental (Rebel American) troops near Camden, South Carolina.
The inspectors from the Office for Standards in Education have written a report on Henry Hinde Junior School in Cornwallis Road, Bilton, Rugby.
A trailer for the film Domino Requiem is currently being shot in an apartment on city centre Cornwallis Street, Liverpool.
World champion Charlotte Cornwallis, a member of Moreton Morrell club in Warwickshire, retained the British Open women's Championship, beating Alex Garside, of Seacourt, for the loss of only one game, at Seacourt, Hampshire.
On June 21, 1749, Lieutenant Colonel Edward Cornwallis sailed into Chebucto harbour with a dozen ships and 2,000 settlers, charged with building a naval base and fortress.
On the British side, General William Howe receives low marks, while Generals Henry Clinton and Charles Cornwallis emerge as the most adroit commanders in the war.