Yorktown is a town in Virginia. It is the county seat of York County, though it only has 220 people living there. It is most known for the Battle of Yorktown, between American/French troops under George Washington and Jean Rochambeau, and British troops under Charles Cornwallis. The British lost the battle, and had to surrender. This led to the British giving up the American colonies. A battle in the American Civil War was also fought there, and was won by the Confederates.