The Miracle of 1781

The Surrender at Yorktown - Library of Congress

October 19th marked the 229th anniversary of the signing of the “Articles of Capitulation” at Yorktown. The best army in the world had been soundly defeated. 8,000 British troops surrendered to the American patriots who had fought valiantly for their freedom. At the surrender ceremony the British Lieutenant General Cornwallis refused to meet formally with General George Washington, claiming illness. He sent his Brigadier General instead.

How could a group of rag-tag farmers, turned soldiers, eek out their existence and fight against overwhelming odds? It all hinged on God’s providence and George Washington’s leadership.

“Glorious indeed has been our Contest…I hope we shall not forget that, to divine Providence is to be ascribed the Glory & the Praise.” George Washington


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