Photos from Historic Yorktown, Virginia
Yorktown has been a strategic port along the York River since colonial times. Originally a port for shipping tobacco to England, the town figured prominently in the American war for independence and later the Civil War. It is best remembered for being the place that George Washington tricked British General Cornwallis into thinking he was in New York, and gained a strategic advantage, thereby forcing Cornwallis to surrender his army and lose the war for Britain. During the American Civil War, the town changed hands a few times in fierce fighting involving both naval and land forces.