trackback thursday: the end of the revolutionary war

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Surrender of Lord Cornwallis by John Trumbull, 1820

On October 19, 1781, the British General Lord Cornwallis surrendered to General George Washington in Yorktown, Virginia.

The Siege of Yorktown, otherwise known as the Battle of Yorktown, was a decisive win for the continental troops, assisted by the French (commanded by Comte de Rochambeau). The beginnings of this win began as early as 1780, when the first French soldiers landed in Rhode Island. The French and American armies then united north of New York City during the summer of 1781.

I could go into all the battle history, but ultimately that would get super long and detailed and I might lose some of you (myself included).

So, let’s cut to the chase, shall we?

As The British band played The World Turned Upside Down (because they weren’t bitter or anything), they marched out in formation and surrounded to the Americans. How many were there? I’m glad you asked– more than 7,000 British and Hessian troops.

The war between Britain and its American colonies was ended. Now we no longer shout, “God save the queen!” since we pretty much can’t shout “God save” anything without someone else shouting, “OFF WITH HIS HEAD!”

See what I did there?

Anyway.

The final peace treaty was signed in Paris on September 3, 1783. Yep– about two years later. Talk about beating around the bush to give us our FREEDOM.

I’m sure they had their reasons.

‘Merica.

trackback thursday: nathan hale’s execution

nathan-hale-statueOn September 22, 1776, Nathan Hale was executed without a trial after he was caught spying on British troops on Long Island during the Revolutionary War. He was only 21 years old.

Hale was an American soldier and spy for the Continental Army. He volunteered for intelligence but was captured. Hale is most famous for his last word before he hanged:

“I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.”

He has long been considered a hero in the US of A, and in 1985 was officially designated as the “state hero of Connecticut.”

Yes, that’s a real thing. I didn’t know, either, until I did some research.

Fun fact: Nathan was sent to Yale at the age of 14, graduated with honors at the age of 18 and became a teacher. He first joined a local militia in 1775 once the war began. Just a few days after July 4, 1775, Hale accepted a commission as first lieutenant in the 7th Connecticut Regiment.

Though many only know Hale for his famous last words, upon further investigation it seems Hale had quite a bit of brains behind them.

But what would you expect?

 

What would your last words be if you had been caught spying and were about to be hanged? Share in the comments!