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Yorktown Battlefield


  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Site

Yorktown Battlefield - Winning Americas Independence

Discover what it took for the United States to be independent as you explore the site of the last major battle of the Revolutionary War. Here at Yorktown, in the fall of 1781, General George Washington, with allied American and French forces, besieged General Charles Lord Cornwallis's British army. On October 19, Cornwallis surrendered, effectively ending the war and ensuring independence. - NPS


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Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1781/08/01 Charles Cornwallis British General Cornwallis occupies Yorktown Leading to the Siege of Yorktown
1781/09/28 Continental Army Patriots General Washington and an army of 17,000 French and Continental troops, arrive in Yorktown to lay siege to General Cornwallis and 9,000 British regulars. Siege of Yorktown
1781/10/00 Thomas Nelson Jr American Commander Brigadier General Thomas Nelson commands the Virginia militia at the Siege of Yorktown, leading one third of all the American troops Siege of Yorktown
1781/10/14 Alexander Hamilton American Commander Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Hamilton and his battalion capture Redoubt 10 in a nightime bayonet attack Siege of Yorktown
1781/10/17 Charles Cornwallis British Commander General Cornwallis surrenders to General Washington in the field at Yorktown on 17 October 1781. Siege of Yorktown
1781/10/19 Isaac Hite Jr Aide to General Muhlenberg British garrison at Yorktown marches to Surrender Field to lay down their arms. One hour later, the garrison at Gloucester Point surrenders. Siege of Yorktown
1781/10/19 George Weedon American Commander British garrison at Yorktown marches to Surrender Field to lay down their arms. One hour later, the garrison at Gloucester Point surrenders. Siege of Yorktown
1781/10/19 Marquis de Lafayette American General British garrison at Yorktown marches to Surrender Field to lay down their arms. One hour later, the garrison at Gloucester Point surrenders. Siege of Yorktown
1781/10/19 Benjamin Lincoln American Commander British garrison at Yorktown marches to Surrender Field to lay down their arms. One hour later, the garrison at Gloucester Point surrenders. Siege of Yorktown
1781/10/19 David Bushnell American Captain British garrison at Yorktown marches to Surrender Field to lay down their arms. One hour later, the garrison at Gloucester Point surrenders. Siege of Yorktown
1781/10/19 George Washington American Commander in Chief British garrison at Yorktown marches to Surrender Field to lay down their arms. One hour later, the garrison at Gloucester Point surrenders. Siege of Yorktown
1781/10/19 Henry Lee III American Commander British garrison at Yorktown marches to Surrender Field to lay down their arms. One hour later, the garrison at Gloucester Point surrenders. Siege of Yorktown
1781/10/24 Louis Lebegue Duportail Patriot Chief Engineer Washington orders the allied fortifications leveled 1781 American Revolution - After Yorktown
1781/11/05 John Parke Custis Died John Parke Custis dies from 'Camp Fever' at the Yorktown Battlefield Siege of Yorktown
1824/10/18 Marquis de Lafayette National Guest Lafayette is escorted to the Washington's campaign tent erected on its original battlefield site, where a line of military officers shake his hand. Temporary monuments include a 45ft arch at Redoubt 10 and a 76ft obelisk at the British surrender site. Lafayette's Triumphal Tour of America

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Particulars for Yorktown Battlefield:
Military Event American Revolutionary War
Level of Significance Local
Sight Category Site



US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration: 11th February 1999

PLACE DETAILS
Registry Name: Gooch, William, Tomb and York Village Archeological Site (Boundary Decrease)
Registry Address: Address Restricted
Registry Number: 99000074
Resource Type: Site
Area in Acres: 4
Other Certification: Date received-pending nomination, Boundary decrease
Certification: Listed in the National Register
CULTURAL DETAILS
Level of Significance: Local
Current Function:
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