Historical Events in October 1781

BattleBattle of Interest

Oct 6 Americans under George Washington and the French under Comte de Rochambeau begin the siege of Cornwallis at Yorktown; last battle of American Revolutionary War

First US President George Washington
First US President
George Washington
Military Leader Comte de Rochambeau
Military Leader
Comte de Rochambeau

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 17 British General Charles Cornwallis, head of British forces capitulates at Yorktown

General and Colonial Administrator Charles Cornwallis
General and Colonial Administrator
Charles Cornwallis
  • Oct 19 British forces under General Charles Cornwallis sign terms of surrender to George Washington and comte de Rochambeau at Yorktown at 2 pm; US Revolutionary War ends
  • Oct 20 Patent of Toleration, providing limited freedom of worship, was approved in Habsburg Monarchy.