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Unknown [Map of Yorktown, Virginia]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.10669 Author/Creator: Unknown Place Written: Yorktown, Virginia Type: Maps Date: October 1781 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Drawn map of Yorktown, Virginia. Shows roads, rivers, and other land markings, but not fortifications. With Cornwallis autograph note written across the front: "you will deliver the town immediately." Likely created by the British right before the October 1781 siege by the Americans.

People: Cornwallis, Charles Cornwallis, Marquis, 1738-1805.

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

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

Sub Era: The War for Independence