A History of the American People: By Woodrow Wilson ... Illustrated with Portraits, Maps, Plans, Facsimiles, Rare Prints, Contemporary Views, Etc - Vol. 3

A History of the American People: By Woodrow Wilson ... Illustrated with Portraits, Maps, Plans, Facsimiles, Rare Prints, Contemporary Views, Etc - Vol. 3

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A History of the American People: By Woodrow Wilson ... Illustrated with Portraits, Maps, Plans, Facsimiles, Rare Prints, Contemporary Views, Etc - Vol. 3

A History of the American People: By Woodrow Wilson ... Illustrated with Portraits, Maps, Plans, Facsimiles, Rare Prints, Contemporary Views, Etc - Vol. 3

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The surrender of the Earl of Cornwallis at Yorktown closed the career in America of the only British general who had shown commanding gifts in the field. It closed also the revolution itself. the southern campaign had been undertaken at the wish and upon the plan of Cornwallis. He knew how pronounced division of opinion was in the South, and how certain a hold could be got there upon the sympathy of scores of men who could be of the utmost service to an army in the field. He knew how important it was to close the southern ports, and particularly the Chesapeake, in order to shut out the supplies that came steadily in from over sea. He believed that an effectual blow struck from the south at Virginia, after the reduction of the far southern ports, would secure for the British an almost commanding position on the continent. Had Clinton helped him promptly, instead of grudging him aid; had he been enabled to move rapidly and in force as he had planned, he might have accomplished . . .

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