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Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier, marquis de (1757-1834) to Samuel Cooper re: Victory over Cornwallis at Yorktown

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06828 Author/Creator: Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier, marquis de (1757-1834) Place Written: Camp near York, Virginia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1781/10/26 Pagination: 6 p. 21.5 x 17 cm

Summary of Content: "The glorious and important success we have obtained will afford joy to every true american." Co-signed by Samuel Cooper.

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Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Revolutionary WarRevolutionary War GeneralMilitary HistoryContinental ArmyBattle (Siege, Surrender) of YorktownBattleForeign AffairsGlobal History and CivicsFrance

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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