Battle of Yorktown (1781)

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The Battle of Yorktown was the last important battle of the American Revolution. Fought in 1781, it is considered the last major battle of the Revolution. The Continental Army, led by the Marquis de Lafayette and George Washington, won a decisive victory against the British army, led by General Lord Charles Cornwallis. Cornwallis was forced to surrender after being surrounded by Washington's army.

The Americans were assisted by the French, led by the Comte de Rochambeau. The battle took place in Yorktown, Virginia, near the York River. After the French fleet defeated a British fleet, Cornwallis was cut off and had to surrender to the French and the Continental Army.

The battle is thought of as the last battle of the Revolution, though fighting on a smaller scale went on elsewhere. It led to the Treaty of Paris in 1783, two years later.