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Sir Samuel Hood and the Battle of the Chesapeake
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Sir Samuel Hood and the Battle of the Chesapeake

Colin Pengelly

Abstract

The Siege of Yorktown — the military engagement that ended the American Revolutionary War — would not have been possible without the French fleet's major strategic victory in the Battle of the Chesapeake on September 5, 1781. It was during this battle that British fleets lost control of the Chesapeake Bay and the supply lines to the major military base at Yorktown, Virginia. As a direct result, General George Washington's forces and the newly arrived French troops were able to apply the pressure that finally broke the British army. Sir Samuel Hood (1724–1816) was one of the commanders of the B ... More

Keywords: Siege of Yorktown, American Revolutionary War, Battle of the Chesapeake, British fleets, Sir Samuel Hood, battle flag, Rear Admiral Graves, American Revolution, American colonies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780813033136
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813033136.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Colin Pengelly, author