Sept - Oct 1781, The Battle of Yorktown, also known as the Siege of Yorktown. General George Washington's defeat of Lord Cornwallis's British army, causing the British to surrender and ending the American Revolutionary War. The British were being defeated by the American colonists, causing the British government to negotiate an end to the American Revolution, giving colonists their freedom.
James Clinton (1736-1812) was a Revolutionary War officer who obtained the rank of brevet major general. His military experience began in the French and Indian War. During the American Revolution, Clinton served most of the war in the northern department along the New York frontier. During the Saratoga Campaign, he commanded Fort Clinton. In 1780, he temporarily commanded the Northern Department. By October 1781, his brigade had joined George Washington's army in the siege of Yorktown.