Monday, October 19, 2009



This day is the 228th anniversary of the most famous battle of the War for Independence--Yorktown. The Yorktown campaign began when Lord Cornwallis advanced into Virginia from the Carolinas. The Marquis de Lafayette was sent, with a small army, to distract and occupy the British. As a result of Lafayette's clever strategies, Cornwallis encamped at Yorktown. A map will show you that Yorktown is located along the Chesapeake Bay and the James River. Cornwallis' hope was that the Royal Navy would sail down the James, pick up him and his troops, and drop them off at New York City to join General Clinton. The British Navy was sent to Yorktown, but so was Admiral de Grasse and his fleet of French ships. The fleets met on September 5th, and fought a hard battle. The French won and blockaded Yorktown.

Now Cornwallis was trapped both by the French Navy and the Allied army, which had marched down secretly from New York. However, he hoped that either General Clinton would send help or his cavalry commander, Banastre Tarleton, could escape from his post across the James River. However, the French and Americans blockading Tarleton had other plans and beat back Tarleton's attack in the Battle of the Hook (October 3rd).

The Americans had powerful French artillery to pound Cornwallis' fortifications. Washington fired the first shot, which ushered in a tremendous bombardment. The Americans fired heavily for days, and the British attempted to reply with their cannons. The allies were constructing a second siege line, but two small forts, called redoubts, blocked their way. The Americans and French stormed the redoubts and finished their siege line. When it was completed, they unleashed their cannon fire at point-blank range.

Cornwallis realized he had to run. His plan was simple: ferry his soldiers across the James River, join Tarleton, attack to end Tarleton's blockade, and congratulate themselves for getting out of this mess. In the evening, his boats were ready, but (providentially) a storm blew in that night. Only a few soldiers made it across the river until Cornwallis called it off.

Shortly thereafter, Cornwallis sent to negotiate surrender terms, and, on October 19, the British army in Yorktown surrendered. While this was not the final battle, it was the last major battle and also marked the beginning of the end of the War for Independence.

~The Historiographer

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Happy Birthday to My Beautiful Bride!

God has given me such a blessing in my dearly beloved wife, Jill, and with today being her birthday, it is a great day to proclaim my gratitude for this godly woman! May this post be a joyful read to all and especially to the precious bride that I wed!

Jill, I thank you for being a committed Christian seeking to uphold the Word of Truth and consistently working to not compromise with unbiblical methods.

Jill, I am grateful for your love, your loyalty, and your companionship as my life partner.

Jill, I truly appreciate all that you do for our family, including the role that you play in educating our children, the care that you take in planning and cooking nutritious meals, and the sacrifices that you make in giving of yourself to others (which is particularly evident in your care of Tirzah, our new little bundle of joy).

Jill, I am blessed to be laboring with you in the field that God has given to us in our family as we seek to raise a godly seed for the glory of our Lord and Savior.

Jill, I am excited about the future that God has planned for us, knowing that He has prepared good works for us to do in advance (Ephesians 2:10).

Happy Birthday, my dearly beloved! I love you dearly and I am so blessed to be celebrating this day and every day with you at my side!