Battle of Chesapeake, 5th September 1781 by Steven Dews



Title

Battle of Chesapeake, 5th September 1781

Artist

Steven Dews

Ref GL350 C
Type Fine Art Canvas Print
Limited Edition This Limited Edition Gouttelette Canvas has been printed with lightfast inks onto fine archival-quality cotton canvas, coated with acid-free priming for permanent artwork reproduction. Limited Edition Size: 195
Image Size 36" x 24" (90 x 60 cm)
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Description  
The Battle of the Chesapeake, also known as the Battle of the Virginia Capes, was fought during the American Revolution (1775 - 1783). The actual battle took place on the 5th September 1781, and was a key naval engagement during the Yorktown Campaign. The full story of the battle can be found on About.com. As a result of the battle, the British Army, under General Lord Charles Cornwallis, of some 7,500 men, was forced to surrender some two weeks later. Both the French Fleet, fighting on behalf of General George Washington, and the British Fleet, suffered some 320 casualties and many of the British ships were heavily damaged and unable to continue fighting. The battle itself was tactically inconclusive but it was a massive strategic victory for the French, who drew the British away from the Chesapeake thus ensuring that the Navy could not rescue Cornwallis' Army. The subsequent successful siege of Yorktown broke the back of British power in the Colonies and led to American Independence.