Talk:Siege of Yorktown (1781)

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What took place on October 19, 1781?[edit]

The opening sentence lists alternate names for the battle, then says, “the latter taking place on October 19, 1781”—what is being referred to here? Was the “German Battle” (the final name listed) something that happened on the last day? Can “the latter” even be used with more than two items? — (talk) 07:24, 24 December 2014 (UTC)

No. "Latter" should only be used of pairs and even then not so much. Saying "the last" is preferable in a list like that. Venqax (talk) 22:32, 19 October 2017 (UTC)

I’ve edited it to read, “ending on October 19, 1781.” Unless I have horribly misunderstood, the intention was to note the date on which the British surrendered, ending the battle. — (talk) 07:46, 24 December 2014 (UTC)

Article 10 Controversy[edit]

The last sentence is confusing: Americans on both sides of the Atlantic felt betrayed? What is meant by "on both sides of the Atlantic"? Were there a lot of Americans in Europe, and if so, were they offended by the British request, the British failure to press it, or the American refusal to grant it? What Americans are they talking about and what did they feel betrayed by, exactly? Venqax (talk) 22:38, 19 October 2017 (UTC)

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"half of his supply of gold Spanish coins." Please change to "half of his supply of Spanish gold coins."

Semi-protected edit request on 24 February 2019[edit]

Please add a recent book "L'épopée française de Yorktown-The French Yorktown Epic", Pascal Adjamagbo, Editions universitaires européennes, 2018 (both french and english) (gives more historically acurate figures for the size of the french and american troops" and provide the highmy thanking letter of Gl.Washington 2A01:CB19:439:CC00:AC3D:D01B:9E6F:98A6 (talk) 16:26, 24 February 2019 (UTC)

 Not done: it's not clear what changes you want to be made. Please mention the specific changes in a "change X to Y" format and provide a reliable source if appropriate. Alucard 16❯❯❯ chat? 13:25, 7 March 2019 (UTC)

Horrid Main Name Not Used By Anyone Connected[edit]

I live not far and have visited many times and it is well taught in schools here and today is the first time I ever heard it referred to as a siege rather than a battle and that is pure stupidity. No doubt someone used the term in the past but it is commonly called the BATTLE Of Yorktown and to consider it a siege is plain without any intelligence thank you. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2600:8805:7f40:0:dd74:89f6:1be9:ba98 (talk) 14:42, May 2, 2019 (UTC)

Published works disagree with you. This and this show that "siege" is more common with the latter excluding all mentions of the Civil War siege of the same name because it cuts off at 1860. The National Park Service also calls it a siege. Armed Forces Staff College calls it a siege. Interestingly, even the works that call it the Battle of Yorktown are still commonly calling it a siege. What source do you have that says that it isn't?
 — Berean Hunter (talk) 21:42, 2 May 2019 (UTC)

Page/title move[edit]

Should have been discussed here on the talk page first. No discussion that I could easily find. Shearonink (talk) 20:07, 21 May 2020 (UTC)

Ah, of course...there's the Civil War siege Siege of Yorktown (1862) with the same/similar name... But still...I think the intent to re-name should have been posted here and elsewhere before the change. Shearonink (talk) 20:18, 21 May 2020 (UTC)

African Americans[edit]

Having been to Yorktown and taken the tour..the tour guide said the last push into the fort...I don`t remember the number of the rampart...was executed by a black unit...that`s what he said....that`s all I know about it 20:14, 21 June 2020 (UTC)2600:1702:2340:9470:5822:4A81:D376:4E59 (talk)