British surrender at yorktown

British surrender at Yorktown

On Oct. 24, 1781, the front page of Philadelphia’s Freeman’s Journal reported the news of British Gen. Charles Cornwallis’ surrender at Yorktown, Va., with unusual flash and vigor. Half of the front page is taken up by an announcement surrounded by a decorative border, and the news ends with the exclamation “Laus Deo!” (“Praise Be To God!”).

"Laus Deo!": Celebrating a Huge Victory in the Revolutionary War

Freeman’s Journal, October Patricia D. Klingenstein Library, New-York Historical Society, Newspaper Collection.

Yorktown Surrender Letters - The actual correspondence between Cornwallis and Washington from 1781.

Yorktown Surrender Letters

Yorktown Surrender Letters - The actual correspondence between Cornwallis and Washington. This is stinking cool!

ferris paintings of george washington | The American Cincinnatus, 1783" by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris

This painting, entitled The American Cincinnatus, by the American artist Jean Leon Gerome Ferris depicts George Washington forging tools to use on his farm.

Lafayette's Baptism of Fire

On this day in a French aristocrat, Marie-Joseph Paul Roch Yves Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, arrives.

The Battle of Oriskany, August 6, 1777, was one of the bloodiest battles in the North American theater of the American Revolutionary. An American party trying to relieve the siege of Fort Stanwix

The Battle of Oriskany, August was one of the bloodiest battles in the North American theater of the American Revolution. An American party trying to relieve the siege of Fort Stanwix

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