General Cornwallis, Lynchburg Museum, Siege of Yorktown

A Rum Bottle From General Cornwallis’s Sunken Fleet Of 55 Ships Discovered In Lynchburg, Virginia

During the Siege of Yorktown, General Cornwallis was waiting for British reinforcements. However, those reinforcements never came, and General Cornwallis decided to sink 55 ships, rather than letting the equipment inside of them to get into the possession of the American rebel army and that of the French.

Painting of the Battle of Yorktown.

About 155 years after the ships were sunk, a rum bottle from one of those ships was found in the banks of Lynchburg, Virginia. That bottle is currently is in the possession of the Lynchburg Museum.

The English bottle of rum, from General Cornwallis’s fleet, that was found in Lynchburg, Virginia.

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