June 25, 1781

Cornwallis Occupies Williamsburg

Cornwallis moves his army east to Williamsburg, where he remains until July 4 as skirmishes with Lafayette's pursuing (and growing) American army occur close to the town. After a series of confusing orders from his commander-in-chief in New York, Cornwallis settles on Yorktown to establish a defensive position and await reinforcements.

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