By Jerome A. Greene
This ebook is a whole exam of the siege and the individuals concerned from each side and relies upon archival study and large firsthand archaeological research of the battlefield - it's going to fulfill someone attracted to American progressive army, background, artillery, siege strategies and tremendous management.
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His quick temper and often child-like insistence on having his way alienated his fellow officers and did not instill faith in his abilities as a leader of men. As the Revolution entered its middle phase, Clinton adopted a mantle of excessive caution and obvious self-doubt that contrasted poorly with his highly visible performance during the war’s early months. As early as 1779, Clinton hoped to establish at least one base in the Chesapeake Bay from which he could command the region and also launch a drive against Pennsylvania.
Dr. Selig has produced a fine body of work on the American Revolution and many other topics, and his help is deeply appreciated. I wish to also thank the following people who assisted in the completion of the initial study in 1974-75. In the Historic Preservation Division, National Park Service, Denver Service Center, Colorado, the late Erwin N. Thompson, Historian (I have relied upon Thompson’s own study of the British defenses at Yorktown to help revise my work); John F. Luzader, Chief, Division of Historic Preservation; James D.
A modern photographic gallery can be found in Appendix 1. Preface The Siege of Yorktown in 1781 by the combined armies of George Washington and Comte de Rochambeau resulted in the surrender of Lord Cornwallis and his British army. It was the pivotal event in American history, for its successful conclusion virtually assured the formulation and perpetuation of American democratic institutions from which all subsequent events followed. This study, which I believe to be the first modern in-depth treatment of this remarkable siege, affords a close look at the means by which the outcome was effected through the collaboration of American forces with those of France, from which nation the response to American entreaties for help, while expedient in the realm of international politics, proved nonetheless opportune and entirely appropriate.