About Yorktown Battlefield
Yorktown battlefield in Virginia is the location of the final battle of the American Revolution.
It was at Yorktown battlefield that, on 19 October 1781, the British surrendered to the combined forces of the French and American armies, under the command of General Washington. This dramatic action marked the end of the war and was the point at which the Americans attained independence.
Today, Yorktown battlefield forms part of Colonial National Park which encompasses Historic Jamestown, Colonial Parkway and the Cape Henry Memorial. Visitors to Yorktown Battlefield can learn about the history of the site and the end of the American Revolution with tours and exhibitions including visiting Moore House, where the terms of surrender were agreed. Aspects of the site also relate to the American Civil War.
Cold Harbor was the site of one of General Robert E. Lee’s final victories in the American Civil War.
Historic Jamestowne was the location of the first successful English colony in America in 1607.
English Colonial America started and ended in the area now known as Colonial National Park.
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