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10/19/2006 Archived Entry: "Surrender at Yorktown/surrender of America"

TODAY IS THE 225TH ANNIVERSARY of the British surrender at Yorktown. We now consider that the day that the American freedom fighters (aided by the French) officially won the Revolutionary War, although in fact skirmishes went on for months and the Treaty of Paris ending the war wasn't signed until November 1782, more than a year later.

In digging around for info, I discovered that British General Charles Cornwallis had actually made his offer of surrender on October 17. How very fitting. October 17 -- Tuesday of this week -- is the day Americans surrendered their hard-won republic to the most vile whims of their own modern King George. What a mirror image. The gods do have a sense of humor after all.

Posted by Claire @ 12:51 PM CST

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