Attack on York Town
This primary source is a lithograph with the engraving, "Attack on York Town." The Battle of Yorktown was the decisive battle of the American Revolution. On Sept. 28, 1781, General George Washington, leading his army with support from French allies, began the siege known as the Battle of Yorktown against British General Lord Charles Cornwallis and a contingent of 9,000 British troops at Yorktown, Virginia. On Oct. 19, 1781, the combined American and French forces defeated British troops commanded by General Charles Cornwallis. Cornwallis's surrender to General George Washington effectively ended the War and British rule over the colonies.
This source meets the 4.09 and 8.20 Tennessee social studies standards.
1) What made the Battle of Yorktown (1781) the decisive battle of the American Revolution?
2) Who won the Battle of Yorktown?
3) What ended the Battle of Yorktown?
4) What was George Washington's role in this battle, and how did this affect his military and political future?
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