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Cornwallis, Charles Cornwallis, Marquis (1738-1805) Important Intelligence! [announcing the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05504 Author/Creator: Cornwallis, Charles Cornwallis, Marquis (1738-1805) Place Written: Boston Type: Broadsides Date: 1781/10/26 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: "A gentleman who arrived this morning, from Providence, has favoured us with the following Importance Intelligence! [....] This Moment an Express arrived... announcing the glorious Intelligence of the Surrender of Lord Cornwallis, and his Army..." Small broadside printed by M. Willis, Boston.


Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: Revolutionary War, Revolutionary War General, Continental Army, Battle (Siege, Surrender) of Yorktown, Battle, Surrender, Global History and Civics, Foreign Affairs, Military History

Sub Era: The War for Independence