The American Revolution was protracted: Five years elapsed between the Declaration of Independence and Yorktown.
The British still held New York when Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown in October 1781.
Lieutenant-Colonel Abercromby, who had led the only serious sortie from Yorktown, chewed his sword in impotent rage.
Many more people called Guiding Eyes for the Blind in Yorktown, N.Y.
Cornwallis himself remained in Yorktown, pleading indisposition but perhaps unable to face the triumph of revolution.
It was the night which had brought rescue to John Drayton at Yorktown the year before.
But McClellan had definitely abandoned any idea of return upon Yorktown.
He fought at Yorktown and later drove the English out of Georgia.
He subsequently commanded a brigade at the battle of Yorktown.
One commanded a battalion under Rochambeau at the siege of Yorktown.