The Surrender of Lord Cornwallis

A Review by: Jessi H, Jessica B, Sophia M, and Lexie R.

Story Truth by: Jessi Holloway

Britain surrenders to the Americans. The Britain's side seems more corrupt, as there’s smoke emerging among their men. Cornwallis looks at the ground in despair, and all of the Americans have their heads lifted up with pride. Cornwallis’ officers, despite their defeat, still look up to him and glorify what he has accomplished. Washington leads the Americans in definite triumph watching Cornwallis trot away morosely on his horse. The broken cannon represents the wreckage and intensity of the war, as well as well as Britain’s loss.

Happening Truth by: Lexie Rawls

The final chapter of the American Revolution began with the surrender of Lord Cornwallis in Yorktown, Virginia. After a few months of defeat by American and French armies, which had been growing due to heightened nationalism, the British army led by Charles O’Hara was marched out of Yorktown while being saluted by the American General, Benjamin Lincoln. French officers and troops under the white flag, and American officers and troops under the American flag surround the existing British army while accepting the British surrender.

Critique by: Sophia Mapes

On the right side of the painting sits the American army. The overall lighting of the American side seems to be lighter than the left side with the British army. This shows that the Americans are the victors of the battle. As an addition to that, the white flag being held by the British represents surrender, which could be the reasoning behind the darker contrast on the British side as opposed to the lighter American side. The smoke in the air seems to originate from the British side which could also help the reader infer that there was more wreckage and defeat on their end versus the American end. Cornwallis sits on his horse in the middle of the painting. The horse’s head is pointed towards the American army which could also resemble their victory.

Artist's Background by: Jessica Bradee

John Trumbull, born in America on June 6th, 1756, lived during the American Revolution and worked with George Washington for about a year. While he was passing time during the war, he often created sketches of George Washington. He traveled extensively through places such as London, Paris, and America to broaden his painting skills, especially in portraits. During his time in London, he studied under Benjamin West, a notorious painter known for his historical, mythological, and religious paintings. For this painting and three others, Trumbull was commissioned by the U.S. Congress to paint them. One his most notable achievements is his painting, The Declaration of Independence, which is portrayed on the backside of the two-dollar bill. He died on November 10th, 1843 due to old age.

War Story: Gossip Guerilla

Morning American Revolutionaries. Benjamin Butler here, filling you in on Yorktown’s scandalous British army. As I first entered the war, the only thing on my mind was the hatred I had for Britain and their army. I vividly remember every battle, the passion within me growing stronger, and stronger. Now, the battle of Yorktown awaits, and the anticipation is killing me.

Spotted: Cornwallis and his officers headed toward the field. Looks like Lord C. is ready for a fight. Will he be prepared? Or will he crumble under the pressure of the American troops?

According to the Washington Press, Lord C, is getting nervous. Although he is putting up a fight, our American troops are stronger. Rumor has it that C. is preparing a surrender. Looks like C. couldn’t compare to W. after all.

America gains Independence: C. is defeated and dethroned from his position in the hierarchy. Now, America takes its place as rightful victors, will America be able to succeed? Tune in again soon.

XOXO, Gossip Guerrilla