The Battle Of The American Revolution

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The Battle of Yorktown was the last important battle of the American Revolution, which was fought from 28 September 1781 to 19 October 1781, in Yorktown Virginia, near the York River. The Continental Army, led by George Washington, won the battle against the British, led by General Lord Charles Cornwallis. General Cornwallis was force to surrender after Washington’s army, assisted by the French who were led by Marquis de Lafayette and the Comte de Rochambeau (Davis, P., 2001), surrounded them. General Washington use of misinformation and counterintelligence was very effective in turning the battle in their favor. If the British had validated the information by conducting such operations of their own they could have identified the misinformation in a timely manner. The British’s bias made them to believe that their collect efforts were very effective and did not question how easily the falsified documents were captured and deciphered. This bias cause the British to continue reinforcing defensive positions in the north as General Washington and the French moved south, which proved to be fatal.

The purpose of this paper is to discuss the Battle of Yorktown and identify key intelligence events that if they had not occurred, would have changed the outcome of the battle. If General George Washington did not utilize misinformation and Counter Intelligence in this battle the British would have not surrendered as they were the superior fighting force and would have continue to…
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