The Battle of Yorktown
For thou hast girded me with strength unto the battle: thou hast subdued under me those that rose up against me. (Psalm 18:39, KJV)
Yorktown was the last major battle in the American War for Independence. As at other times throughout this war, God’s hand of Providence was again shown in orchestrating events resulting in the American victory at this decisive conflict. God used the strategic French naval victory in the Battle of the Chesapeake to strand Lord Cornwallis from any reinforcements and provisions via the seas. He further aided the American cause by allowing them to capture Redoubts #9 and #10, which placed the Americans within point-blank cannon range of the city of Yorktown. With the heavy cannon fire against the British forces, Lord Cornwallis decided it was time to retreat via ship across the James River. However, the Sovereign God sent a thunderstorm preventing the planned British evacuation. Having been thwarted from this escape, the British called for a cease fire and then surrendered the following day. On October 19, 1781 (just two days after the British waved the white flag), the Articles of Capitulation were signed outlining the terms of the surrender. The Sovereign God of Heaven was moving all the necessary pieces into place to establish a free and independent nation.