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Battle of the Chesapeake

On September 20, 1781, Royal Navy Admiral Graves’ fleet sails back to Sandy Hook after sustaining sufficient damage and loss at the hands of the French navy at the Battle of the Chesapeake, such that the British chose not to try and protect Yorktown. While Graves effects repairs, and also serves as a deterrent to any rebel naval blockade of New York City, the French land troops and siege equipment in Virginia, connect with Continental army units, who establish a naval blockade off Yorktown, and enable the Siege of Yorktown to begin, which becomes the final battle of the Revolutionary War. Graves and his repaired and reinforced fleet sailed south from Sandy Hook to liberate Yorktown, but this happened two days after Cornwallis had signed the terms of surrender, effectively ending the war.

Source: https://www.britannica.com/event/Battle-of-the-Chesapeake-1781

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