London: 1793. Map. Uncolored engraving. Image measures 10.75" x 12.75"
This battle plan of the Siege at Yorktown is an important contemporary representation of an important historical moment in the American Revolution. This second issue of the map, originally published in Banastre Tarleton's "A History of the Campaigns of 1780 & 1781" is from a re-engraving made for Stedman's 1793 "History of the American War." The battle involved a surprise attack by the French and the Americans on Cornwallis's troops statined in the Lower Chesapeake. The map has troop and forts labeled as French, British, and American according to a key in the lower left corner. The map also has a number of features of the siege itself, such as sunken vessels, notes on the lines of attack, and the positions of general including Lincoln, Lafayette, Washington and Rochambeau. Forts, positions, roads and topographical details are given. The map is in very good condition with a narrow left margin. Some stains and foxing. Philadelphia-born military historian Charles Stedman was a Loyalist who served under General Cornwallis. After escaping American capture, he published his authoritative two-volume history of the war, which is seen today as the best contemporary account of the Revolution from the British side. This map is a fine example of his work.