The Americans and the French pounded Cornwallis for three weeks, leaving Cornwallis no way to be rescued or resupplied. Cornwallis formally surrendered on October 19th, 1781. After being defeated at Yorktown and facing an increasingly stronger French Army, the British let the American Colonies go their separate way. The Revolutionary War was officially over.
Today, the National Park Service offers two self-guided auto tours around this historic battlefield. A seven-mile road around the park takes about one hour by car, with brief stops at historic markers. This tour provides a first-hand look at where the events of the battle took place. Visitors can also walk the grounds and tour a visitor's center complete with interpretive exhibits. The area also features a number of trails that connect to the Newport News park trail system.