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Overseeing the Revolutionary Army

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Announcement of Victory at Yorktown, October 19, 1781

General Washington notified the Continental Congress of the defeat of British troops near Yorktown, Virginia. Britain’s Lord Cornwallis surrendered after his troops were trapped on a peninsula between American and French land forces and French naval ships. The Revolutionary War essentially ended with this victory.

Records of the Continental Congress and Constitutional Convention, National Archives and Records Administration