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Datebook: September 28 – American and French Forces Siege Yorktown 230 Years Ago

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The Siege of Yorktown in 1781 was a decisive victory by a combined assault of American forces led by General George Washington and French forces led by the Comte de Rochambeau over a British Army commanded by Lieutenant General Lord Cornwallis. The culmination of the Yorktown campaign proved to be the last major land battle of the American Revolutionary War in North America, as the surrender of Cornwallis’ army prompted the British government eventually to negotiate an end to the conflict. French troops arrived September 26, giving Washington command of an army of 7,800 Frenchmen, 3,100 militia, and 8,000 Continentals – greatly outnumbering British forces. September 28, Washington led the army out of Williamsburg to surround Yorktown. That day, Washington reconnoitered the British defenses and decided that they could be bombarded into submission. After two days of negotiation, the surrender ceremony took place on October 19th, with Cornwallis being absent since he claimed to be ill. With the capture of over 7,000 British soldiers, negotiations between the United States and Great Britain began, resulting in the Treaty of Paris in 1783.

It’s Wednesday, September 28

Campbell Crossing of Ft. Campbell hosts the annual Post Wide Yard Sale Saturday starting at 8 a.m. rain or shine. Off-post residents attending the yard sale enter through Gate 4 and get a visitors pass. Present a valid drivers license, vehicle registration and proof of insurance to get a pass. A list of what’s selling at what homes is at campbellcrossingllc.com.

Prolific composer of educational piano music and clinician Dennis Alexander participates in a workshop for piano teachers from 9 to 3. Saturday at the Weldon Public Library, 100 Main Street in Martin. Registration at the door is $25 for teachers and $15 for students.

The Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act program offers assistance with the Extra Help Program tomorrow from 11:30 on at the Crittenden County Senior Center, 201 North Walker Street, in Marion, Kentucky. It’s for those who have Medicare Part D or those eligible who have limited income and resources.

Enter announcements for Datebook at the community events page on wkms.org. Thanks.

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