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Victory at the Battle of Yorktown

By Bill Federer
British Colonel Tarleton was known as ‘the bloody butcher’ for letting his dragoons bayonet and hack hundreds of surrendering American soldiers atBuford’s Massacre, May 29, 1780.In January of 1781, Colonel Tarletonwith 1,200 dragoons were pursuing American troops, but General Daniel Morgan led them into a trap at theBattle of Cowpens, killing 100 British and capturing 800.

When British General Cornwallisheard the news, he was leaning on his sword, and leaned so forcibly that it snapped in two.

Cornwallis gave chase, even abandoning his slow supply wagons along the way, but was unable to catch the Americans, now led by General Nathaniel Greene.

Providential flash floods and rising rivers allowed the Americans to escape.

Without supplies,Cornwallis was ordered to move his 8,000 troops to a defensive position where the York River entered Chesapeake Bay.

By this time, Ben Franklin and Marquis de Lafayette had succeeded in their efforts to persuade French King Louis XVI to send ships and troops the help the Americans.

French Admiral de Grasse left off fighting the British in the West Indies and sailed 24 ships to the mouth of Chesapeake Bay, where, in the Battle of the Capes, he drove off 19 British ships which were sent to evacuate Cornwallis‘ men.

De Grasse’s 3,000 French troops andGeneral Rochambeau’s 6,000 French troops hurriedly joinedGeneral Lafayette’s division as they marched to help General Washington trap Cornwallis against the sea.

They joined the troops ofGenerals Benjamin LincolnBaron von SteubenModrecai Gist,Henry Knox and John Peter Muhlenberg.

Altogether, 17,000 French and American troops surrounded Cornwallisand, on OCTOBER 19, 1781, he surrendered.

Yale President Ezra Stiles wrote, May 8, 1783:

“Who but God could have ordained the critical arrival of the Gallic (French) fleet, so as to… assist… in the siege… of Yorktown?…
Should we not… ascribe to a Supreme energy… the wise… generalship displayed by General Greene… leaving the… roving Cornwallis to pursue his helter-skelter ill fated march into Virginia…
It is God who had raised up for us a…powerful ally… a chosen army and a naval force: who sent us a Rochambeau… to fight side by side with aWashington… in the… Battle of Yorktown.”

General Washingtonwrote:
“To diffuse the general Joy through every breast the General orders…Divine Service to be performed tomorrow in the several Brigades…
The Commander-in-Chief earnestly recommends troops not on duty should universally attend with that gratitude of heart which the recognition of such astonishing Interposition of Providence demands.”
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6 responses

  1. Great post. I love how the Lord engineers circumstances so as to lead His enemies into a trap. This is what I believe is happening in Washington, D.C. today: the Lord is leading the arrogant Barack Obama into a trap and eventually he will have to resign.

    “Obama Will Leave the White House”

    October 22, 2013 at 5:02 pm

  2. It is always amazing the way that God will use the circumstance to move people towards Him. Thank you for the link Tim and I posted once that I felt that God was using Obama to wake people up from their lethargy. God bless you my friend!

    October 22, 2013 at 5:10 pm

  3. I reblogged this post here:

    October 22, 2013 at 5:15 pm

  4. Thanks for the reblog Tim!

    October 22, 2013 at 5:34 pm

  5. Mel Gibson’s ridiculous film, “The Patriot” did a great disservice to Tarleton’s memory. He was guilty of not giving quarter, but implying he committed mass murder is outrageous.

    October 22, 2013 at 8:18 pm

  6. It’s funny how people with an agenda try to alter things to suit themselves and change peoples perceptions to fit whatever their idea of the way things should be! God bless you!

    October 22, 2013 at 8:36 pm