Surrender of Yorktown

Project by: Maggie Glenn

General Cornwallis

My project is about General Cornwallis who fought in the war called Surrender of Yorktown .


General Cornwallis was born on December 31,1738.General Cornwallis fought in the Surrender of Yorktown on October 19,1781.He fought in the war when he was 43 years old when he fought in the war.General Cornwallis had a wife and three children . His wife's name was Julian Picket , Cornwallis also had three children : Kristy, Allen, and Astro.

Who joined What ?

British General Charles Cornwallis led Redcoats in victory over General Horatio Gates and Patriots at Camden,South Carolina in 1780. Washington's 2,500 troops in New York were joined by a French army of 4,000 men. Cornwallis surrendered 7,087 officers and men 900 seamen, 144 cannons, 15 galleys, a frigate and 30 transport ships.

Cornwallis also led many campaigns that were successful during the American Revolution. Then Patriot victory at Yorktown effectively ended fighting in the American colonies.Peace negotiations began in 1782 and on September 3, 1783. The Treaty of Paris was signed , formally recognizing the United States as a free and independent nation after eight years of war.