In December 1779, the Continental Army under George Washington made camp at Morristown, New Jersey, where they suffered through the “Hard Winter” of 1779–1780. The army faced unrelenting snow storms, sub-freezing temperatures, lack of supplies, and hunger.
American and French forces under General Lafayette attacked the British at Yorktown, Virginia. It was the last major battle of the Revolution. On October 17, 1781, British general Charles Cornwallis surrendered to George Washington.
In the Newburgh Conspiracy, Continental officers who had long been waiting to receive pensions and back pay from Congress threatened to revolt against a “country that tramples on your rights.” Washington convinced military leaders to resist sedition.