Yorktown Battlefield - Winning America’s 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. 

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The Siege

The Siege

Site of a combined American and French siege, this victory secured independence for the United States

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Founded as an important port for exporting tobacco and importing slaves, Yorktown was site of the siege and today is a national resource.

Yorktown

Founded as an important port for exporting tobacco and importing slaves, Yorktown was site of the siege and today is a national resource.

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Yorktown National Cemetery

Yorktown National Cemetery

The Yorktown National Cemetery was officially established in 1866, however interment of Civil War soldiers began during Federal occupation in 1862.

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