WILLIAMSBURG, Va., April 17, 2012 – The generals who commanded opposing sides at the 1781 Siege of Yorktown have leading roles in “The Yorktown Chronicles,” a new section of historyisfun.org, a website of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, the Virginia state agency that operates Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center history museums.
“The Yorktown Chronicles,” funded by a private family foundation, presents a comprehensive overview of the American Revolution through essays, timelines and a series of eight short videos featuring character portrayals in which Generals George Washington and Charles Cornwallis discuss their views on taxation, the Declaration of Independence, military leadership and the aftermath of the Revolution. Biographical essays explore in depth the long, remarkable public service careers of both men.
Timelines trace events of the Revolutionary period, from the end of the French and Indian War in 1763 to the inauguration of Washington as the first president of the United States in 1789, and events leading up to the Siege of Yorktown, culminating in the British surrender on October 19, 1781. An expansive glossary provides supplemental information about people and events of the Revolution. American, British and world perspectives on the American Revolution are considered in three thought-provoking essays.
“The Yorktown Chronicles” (http://historyisfun.org/yorktown-chronicles/index.htm) joins an array of educational materials on the historyisfun.org website designed to reach teachers and students across the nation and enhances the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation’s offerings on the American Revolution. Another recent addition to the website is “All About the Revolution,” a blog that provides commentary on a variety of historical topics and highlights objects in the collection of the Yorktown Victory Center, where exhibits chronicle the Revolution from the beginnings of colonial unrest to the formation of the new nation.