—October 14, 1781 —The dream of American Independence remained uncertain after five years of war. During the fall of 1781, a Franco-American force under the command of General George Washington besieged General Lord Cornwallis' heavily entrenched British Army at Yorktown, Virginia. Washington launched a daring night attack on October 12, led by 20 men of the 4th Connecticut Infantry and followed by a detachment of the Corps of Sappers and Miners which cleared a path for the rest of the assault column, and captured Redoubt 10, located at the British left. Simultaneously, French troops captured Redoubt 9. His defenses breached, Lord Cornwallis surrendered his 7,000 man Army on 19 October. News of the British defeat forced Prime Minister Lord North to resign; his successors negotiated a peace treaty that recognized the United States.
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|Date Added||Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 at 5:01pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18T E 316330 N 4452651|
|Decimal Degrees||40.20416667, -77.15806667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 40° 12.25', W 77° 9.484'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||40° 12' 15" N, 77° 9' 29.04" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near Army Heritage Trail, Carlisle PA 17013, US|
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