Siege of Yorktown Stamp

US Postage Stamps: 1931

Siege of Yorktown Stamp

This Siege of Yorktown stamp commemorates the 150th anniversary of the event that signaled the end of the American Revolutionary War.  The British General Cornwallis and his army had set up a defensive position along the York River and Chesapeake Bay in Yorktown, Virginia.  The French Admiral deGrasse had defeated a British fleet that was bound for Yorktown, preventing Cornwallis’ army from escaping by sea.   American General George Washington and French General Rochambeau moved their armies to surround Yorktown and began an artillery barrage.  Successful attacks by the Continental Army followed and after some negotiation, Cornwallis’ surrendered on October 19th, 1781.

Although the Siege of Yorktown did not end the Revolutionary Wary, it was a crushing defeat for the British and resulted in the capture of over seven thousand soldiers.  Although the war officially ended two years later with the Treaty of Paris in 1783, it was the last major battle of the war.

Pictured on the Yorktown stamp are the three generals who were important to the success of the American forces, Generals Washington, de Grasse and Rochambeau.

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