British General Lord Cornwallis surrendered 8,000 British soldiers and seamen to a larger Franco-American force, effectively ending the American Revolutionary War.
Pleading illness, Cornwallis did not attend the surrender ceremony. His second in command, General Charles O'Hara, carried Cornwallis' sword to the American and French commanders.
As the British and Hessian troops marched out to surrender, the British bands played the song, "The World Turned Upside Down."
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