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 successful three-week siege of Yorktown, Virginia, in the fall of 1781 effectively won the war for Washington and humbled his tenacious adversary Lord Cornwallis.
He achieved that honor when he returned to duty after losing a leg to wounds in the siege of Yorktown. He entered the Army after graduating from Harvard College and was appointed a captain of the 20th Mass.
Visitors can watch The Siege of Yorktown then go on to tour and compare it to the modern day city.
The popular notion of the siege of Yorktown seems to blame Cornwallis for seeking refuge there, as if he was chased to the water's edge.