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Charles Cornwallis

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Definition: British general who won more battles than he lost but surrendered at Yorktown, ending the war. As second-in-command to General Henry Clinton, he was on the winning side at Brooklyn, Brandywine, Monmouth, and Charleston. After that, he was placed in command of the southern British forces. His big success was the smashing victory at Camden, although he did technically win at Guilford Courthouse. But he was beaten at Kings Mountain, Cowpens, and at Yorktown.

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The American Revolutionary War
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Cornwallis In-Depth
This site really gives you the sense of the man and what he was fighting for.

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