Listen to this music with an open mind. Draw a scene that comes to mind, and then write a description of your scene or a story to go along with it.
Study this map of the Yorktown Battle from the Mount Vernon Ladies Association.
When you watched the episode above, did you make note of which person lit the fuse on the first cannon and started the battle at Saratoga?
Analyze the famous painting, shown below. Pay attention to details.
Hamilton and Redoubt 10
While the Marquis de Lafayette led the attack on Redoubt 9, Alexander Hamilton told his team to unload their weapons to avoid any misfires alerting the enemy. The result: no one in the Redoubt 10 attack lost his life - on either side.
Let's get a better look at the actual location of Redoubt 10.
Now, let's put it all together: Mount Vernon has a well-produced video about the Yorktown Battle entitled Yorktown: Now or Never.
What might "turn the world upside down" for a person? A nation?
A tune by that title played during Mood Music above was also played during the British surrender at Saratoga.
A Musical Version
When Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote the musical show, Hamilton, he included some obscene language. Below is a version of the Battle of Yorktown without the vulgar lyrics.
Positive Behavior Conversations
Sometimes people make choices that require them to weigh their options. In economics, the most valuable choice not taken may be considered to be opportunity cost. When the British chose to wave the white flag of surrender at Yorktown, what were their other options? What might their opportunity cost have been?
This scene from the final episode of Turn: Washington's Spies, is a powerful rendition of history.
What is the most powerful part of this scene?
Lord Cornwallis did not attend the formal surrender at Yorktown. What was the reason given in the video?One of the most interesting untold stories is about what happened on the next day. Most people do not know that George Washington and Lord Cornwallis went horseback riding through the battlefield, reminiscing about their experiences during the war. What a powerful vision that conjures in the imagination!
Now or Never
Here is a more detailed version of the battle:
We can take a moment and celebrate the symbolic completion of the Revolutionary War.