The French line (left) and British line (right) in Battle of the Chesapeake (5 September 1781), in the American War of Independence.
The battle was tactically inconclusive but strategically a major defeat for the British, since it prevented the Royal Navy from reinforcing or evacuating the blockaded forces of General Lord Cornwallis at Yorktown, Virginia.
Depiction of the Second Battle of the Virginia Capes (Battle of the Chesapeake). Original is on display at the Hampton Roads Naval Museum, Norfolk, VA.; 1962
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