Johnston, Henry P.


Eastern National Park and Monument Association, U.S.A., rep., 1958. 206 pp., frontis., + 26 maps & ills. D.j., ; fore-edge uncut ; 24 x 16cm. Light wear to edges of d.j., o/w V.G.+. This is one of the best accounts ever printed of the climatic campaign and battle of the American Revolution. On October 19, 1781, just outside Yorktown, an allied army of French and American soldiers under the command of George Washington, conducted the operations that led to Lord Cornwallis' surrender of the British Army. Just prior to this, the naval operations of the French fleet off the mouth of Chesapeake culminated in the Battle of the Virginia Capes on September 5, 1781. There the French Admiral De Grasse defeated and turned back the British fleet under Admiral Graves, who had hoped to enter Chesapeake and proceed to the relief of the besieged Cornwallis at Yorktown. The results of this campaign and the battle of Yorktown made possible the founding of the United States as an independent nation. This is a facsimile reprint of the 1881 original.

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