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This peaceful — and scenic — spot near Yorktown, Virginia, was the site of the surrender of the British army of Lord Cornwallis to the allied armies of America and France on October 19, 1781.
The British had been trapped in Yorktown by the Allies on September 28, 1781. Formal siege operations began o September 30, 1781, and the Americans and French began bombarding British positions on October 9. On October 14 the Americans and French captured two redoubts (small fortified positions) in front of the British lines, which made the British position untenable.
When the British actually surrendered, French troops lined on side of the road in the picture above, and the Americans lined the other side. The British laid down their arms and flags in the field on the far side of the road.
Tradition says that as the British marched down the road to the surrender site, their bands played a tune called “The World Turned Upside Down”.