After all, Cornwallis' surrender only deprived Britain of 8,000 of its 42,000 troops in North America (p. 74).
The British still held New York when Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown in October 1781.
Cornwallis himself remained in Yorktown, pleading indisposition but perhaps unable to face the triumph of revolution.
George agreed, but as Cornwallis declined the offer Dundas remained home secretary.
Cornwallis was about to sail for England, on leave of absence.
At this juncture, more certain intelligence was received that Cornwallis was on his march to Virginia.
The mobility and diversity of the American forces puzzled Cornwallis.
It is interesting to contrast with the movements of Cornwallis those of an eminent general in more recent times.
Arnold was already at Petersburg when Cornwallis arrived on the 20th of May.
Finally, Cornwallis got the thing his soul desired—a fair fight.