The Battle of Yorktown: Victory!

By: Maddie Viger

The Battle of Yorktown

BOOM! POW! FIRE! On September 28, 1781, the Americans arrived at the British positions and The Battle of Yorktown began. General Washington lead the 8,800 American soldiers. General de Rochambeau led the 7,800 French soldiers. General Cornwalis led the 6,000 British soldiers. All together, the Americans had about 17,000 soldiers on their side (a.k.a. The Continental Army). On October 9, the French and Americans began a bombardment on the British troops. The Continental Army attacked the one last remaining outer defense of the British on October 14. They fought and fought until October 17, 1781 when the British were calling for surrender. Finally, on October 19, a British soldier was holding up a white surrender flag. The Americans had won the war! This battle was the last major battle of the American Revolution.

General George Washington

On February 22, 1732 in Westmoreland County, Virginia, an amazing man was born... George Washington! In 1754, at the age of 22, he begin his soldier career in the French and Indian War. Then, while he was 43 in 1775, George Washington started being the general of the American Army. About six years later, he lead the Continental Army (Americans, French, Russian, and Netherlands) in the Battle of Yorktown starting on the 28 of September. The Continental Army was to much for the British and Germans to take. The Continental Army won the war on October 19, 1781 and helped the American colonists gain their freedom!

The Aftermath

In September of 1783, nearly two years after the Battle of Yorktown ended, the Treaty of Paris was finally signed. Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, John Jay, and Thomas Jefferson all signed it. After the 'states' got their government worked out, they decided they still wanted a ruler. In 1789, George Washington was elected president. He was now the First President of the United States of America! On December 14, 1799 at the age of 67, George Washington died. Bye bye, Georgy :(
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