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General Cornwallis' Surrender to George Washington at Yorktown, First "Breaking News" Reported in Pennsylvania Gazette and Weekly Advertiser, 1781

Pennsylvania Gazette and Weekly Advertiser. Philadelphia, PA: Hall and Sellers, Printers, October 24, 1781. No. 580. 4pp, 10 x 16.25 in. 

Very first "breaking news" report announcing the surrender of British General Charles Cornwallis and his entire army to George Washington at Yorktown, VA. The newspaper contains a half column of detailed news describing the Siege of Yorktown by American forces and a notice (in slightly larger type face) that reads: "...Early on Monday morning an express arrived in town, with the agreeable and very important intelligence of Lord Cornwallis and his army having surrendered on the 17th inst. We impatiently wait arrival of his excellency George Washington's dispatches, particularizing this most interesting event..." This surrender marked the end of the Revolutionary War in practical terms and secured the independence of the United States from Great Britain. 

The issue also contains a lengthy, detailed letter signed in type by Francis Marion, "The Swamp Fox," and his long report of the movements of his men to the Battle of Eutaw Springs in South Carolina. 


Large stain in top right corner of front cover, that is also visible on pages 2-4. Slightly smaller stain in lower right corner of front page, also visible on following pages. Typical horizontal fold line. Partial separation at central vertical fold. Some edge wear - few small chips/short tears along edges. News of Cornwallis' surrender partially masked by some type of tape used to reinforce central fold. Period ink identification in top margin, front page. 

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