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The Guns of Independence
The Siege of Yorktown, 1781

Jerome A. Greene

Format: Paperback, 528 pages
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-932714-68-5
On Sale: June 2009

Format: Hardcover, 528 pages
Price: $34.95
ISBN: 1-932714-05-7
Released: Fall 2004; SOLD OUT!

By the summer of 1781, America had been at war with England for six years. Few guessed the colonists would have put up such a long and credible struggle. France had officially sided with the colonies as early as 1778, but it was the dispatch of 5,500 infantry under Comte de Rochambeau in the summer of 1780 that finally shifted the tide of war in North America. Read More...


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Table of Contents

Preface / Acknowledgments


Chapter 1: The Campaign of the Allies

Chapter 2: The Lion Comes to Yorktown

Chapter 3: The British Positions

Chapter 4: Washington Takes Command

Chapter 5: Investment

Chapter 6: The Noose Tightens

Chapter 7: The Lion at Bay

Chapter 8: On the Verge

Chapter 9: The Guns of October

Chapter 10: The Earth Trembles

Chapter 11: Night of Heroes

Chapter 12: Hopes Bright and Dim

Chapter 13: Britain Against the Sky

Chapter 14: Broken Sword

Chapter 15: Endings, Beginnings

Postscript: Thereafter

Appendix 1: Modern Photographic Gallery

Appendix 2: The Washington and Cornwallis Correspondence

Appendix 3: The Articles of Capitulation, October 19, 1781

Appendix 4: The Archaeology of the French Grand Battery Complex

Appendix 5: The Artillery at Yorktown





Jerome A. Greene

Jerome A. Greene is a historian with the National Park Service. He is the author or editor of many books... Read More...

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