siege of Yorktown

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Noun1.siege of Yorktown - in 1781 the British under Cornwallis surrendered after a siege of three weeks by American and French troops; the surrender ended the American Revolution
American Revolution, American Revolutionary War, American War of Independence, War of American Independence - the revolution of the American Colonies against Great Britain; 1775-1783
Old Dominion, Old Dominion State, VA, Virginia - a state in the eastern United States; one of the original 13 colonies; one of the Confederate States in the American Civil War
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The ship was based in Newport for more than a year, from its first arrival on 11 July 1780 until its departure on 23 August 1781 for Chesapeake Bay to support the Yorktown campaign. On 6 March 1781, General George Washington boarded Due de Bourgogne in Newport to meet with all the senior French land and naval commanders--one of the very few occasions that Washington is known to have visited a warship.
When Ketchum finally begins to discuss the Yorktown Campaign in chapter 6, he engagingly recounts how events came together to seal Cornwallis's fate; his writing sweeps the reader through the buildup to the siege.
They did escort and patrol duty around Philadelphia (1777-1778), fought in the Pennsylvania campaign, served as rearguard during the British retreat to New York (1778), fought at Perth Amboy, New Jersey--where Simcoe was captured but freed in a prisoner exchange three months later (1779-1780), at Charlestown, South Carolina (1780), in the raid on Richmond, Virginia, with Benedict Arnold, in other raids in Virginia (1780-1781) and in the Yorktown campaign (1781).