The Battle of Yorktown was one of the most important battles of the American Revolutionary War. It took place in 1781and ended with American and French forces, led by George Washington and Comte de Rochambeau respectively, decisively defeating a British army commanded by Lord Cornwallis. Know more about this historic battle through these 10 interesting facts.
1. Despite being a veteran, Rochambeau accepted Washington as the leader
On July 6, 1781 the French and American armies met near New York City. Although Rochambeau had almost 40 years of warfare experience, he told Washington that he had come to serve and not to command and he never challenged Washington’s authority during the campaign.
2. The route of the march to Yorktown is now a National Historic Trail
On August 19, 3000 American soldiers under George Washington and 4000 French soldiers under Comte de Rochambeau marched from Newport, Rhode Island, to Yorktown, Virginia. The march is now known as the Celebrated March and the route is a designated US National Historic Trail known as Washington–Rochambeau Revolutionary Route (W3R).