The Revolutionary Road as part of the Yorktown Campaign: In late August, 1781, Washington decided upon the Yorktown Campaign, and the largest overland strategic movement of the war was undertaken as American and French units marched south towards Yorktown, Virginia. Enroute, the Allied troops marched through Philadelphia, some boarded boats at Elkton, MD, and Annapolis, MD. The high command and the wagon train (proceeding separately) continued overland. All the forces eventually arrived in the Williamsburg, VA, area to conduct the decisive siege of the British at Yorktown in September-October 1781.
After the British surrender at Yorktown in October 1781, Washington and his main army immediately returned to New York. Rochambeau and his army remained in Virginia for the winter of 1781-82. In the summer of 1782, the French returned north in an overland march. Upon reaching Connecticut, the French troops retraced their earlier route to Rhode Island. From Providence, RI, the French proceeded to Boston, MA, from where they embarked on their ships — some heading to continue operations in the West Indies, others returned to France.
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