137 Warren Ave
Plymouth, MA 02360
2021 Yorktown Celebration at Pilmoth Patuxet Musuem
hosted by the Plymouth Bluewater Patriots Chapter.
|When:||Saturday, October 23, 2021, 10:00am – 2:30pm|
|Where:||Plimoth Patuxet Museum|
|Menu:||Buffet traditional Thanksgiving Dinner with Turkey and gravy, scrod w/lemon butter, garden salad, corn bread stuffing, roast potatoes and vegetable medley, rolls/butter, cranberry sauce and hot fruit cobbler with fresh whipped cream|
|Drink:||Coffee, tea and decaf|
|Speaker:||To be announced|
|Special Offer:||Free admission to Plimoth Patuxet exhibits for the first 25 requestors (see below)|
The Battle of Yorktown was the last great battle of the American Revolutionary War. It is where the British Army surrendered and the British government began to consider a peace treaty.
After six years of war, both the British and Continental armies were exhausted. The British, in hostile territory, held only a few coastal areas in America. On the other side of the Atlantic, Britain was also waging a global war with France and Spain. The American conflict was unpopular and divisive, and there was no end in sight. For the colonies, the long struggle for independence was leading to enormous debt, food shortages, and a lack of morale among the soldiers. Both sides were desperately seeking a definitive victory.
General George Washington and his Continental Army had a decision to make in the spring of 1781. They could strike a decisive blow to the British in New York City or aim for the south, in Yorktown, Virginia, where Gen. Charles Lord Cornwallis’s troops were garrisoned. Washington and his French ally, Lt. Gen. Comte de Rochambeau, bet on the south, where they were assured critical naval support from a French fleet commanded by Adm. Comte de Grasse. The Allied armies marched hundreds of miles from their headquarters north of New York City to York-town, making theirs the largest troop movement of the American Revolution. They surprised the British in a siege that turned the tide toward an American victory in the War for Independence.
The siege of Yorktown began on September 28, 1781. At this time the Continental and French forces encircled the British and German Hessian forces. For nearly three weeks the American forces bombarded the British. The Continental and French forces blocked escape over land and the French Navy blocked escape by sea. Cornwallis surrendered to George Washington in the field at Yorktown on October 17, 1781. The British tried to surrender to the French, but they made the British surrender to the Americans.
Claiming illness, Cornwallis did not attend the formal surrender ceremony on October 19, 1781. In his place he sent General Charles O’Hara to surrender his sword. The document is titled Articles of Capitulation.
- 10:00am — New England District Council Meeting (Leydon Room)*
- 10:00am — Ladies Auxiliary Meeting (Patuxet Room)*
- 11:00am — Color Guard Muster in the Courtyard
- 12:00pm — Cocktail Reception with Hors-d’oeuvres for Invited Guests and Guest Speaker
- 1:00pm — Luncheon and Guest Speaker
- 2:15pm — Patriot Award Presentation
- 2:30pm — Adjourn
* Coffee and Danish will be served
Note: There are 25 tickets to Plimoth Patuxet’s exhibits available free without cost on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are interested, please contact our State Secretary to request one.
To register by mail, please use this mail-in form.