After the War

Generals Cornwallis and Washington reflect on their achievements following the end of the American Revolution.


  • The Siege of Yorktown was the last major battle of the American Revolution. In 1783, the United States of America and Britain signed the Treaty of Paris.
  • Though General Cornwallis became known as the general who lost the American colonies, his career and reputation did not suffer.
  • General Cornwallis remained in favor with King George III and found support in the new Prime Minister, William Pitt.
  • After returning from America, General Cornwallis became Governor General in India and Ireland.
  • Following the war, American leaders, including George Washington, created the U.S. Constitution, the document by which the new nation would be governed.
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Mount Vernon, Francis Jukes, 1800, public domain