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