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Saved: 49 Acres at Yorktown

237 years after the British surrender at Yorktown, a victory for remembrance.

Thanks to our steadfast supporters, a 49-acre parcel on the Yorktown battlefield, surrounded by Colonial National Historical Park, has been saved from residential development. The Patriots’ French allies camped on this very ground during the famous siege that eventually forced British General Cornwallis and his 8,000 troops to surrender, ending most American combat in the Revolutionary War.

Experiencing a place like the battlefield of Yorktown has the power not only to educate about the sacrifices that secured our freedoms, but also to inspire us all to be better citizens and better people. Now, dedicated patriots who are alive today are making it possible for future generations to have that experience by preserving the integrity of this hallowed place.

But you don’t have to visit Yorktown to learn about its fascinating history...

Watch our Animated Map of the Revolutionary War to see where the siege fit into the big picture of the War for Independence. Read about the courageous attack that led to Cornwallis’ surrender. Or jump forward in time to learn about another siege of Yorktown, during the Peninsula Campaign  under Union General McClellan in 1862.

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The Battle of Yorktown On April 4, 1862, Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan moved out from Fort Monroe on the Virginia peninsula and began his advance