Washington's officers and French allies disagreed with this and suggested an alternative. They suggested that their forces move south from their camp and strike the British forces at Yorktown, Virginia. The army there was commanded by General Lord Charles Cornwallis. General Washington went along with this and disguised his movements to make it look like to Clinton that he was going to attack New York, having his men build army camps within view of New York and also making fake plans to attack and letting the British grab hold of them to give them the false impression that he was heading towards them.
A French fleet was ordered down to the Chesapeake Bay to cut off Cornwallis's forces. The fleet battled it out with a British fleet at the Battle of the Capes and won control of the Chesapeake Bay. From there a blockade was established and by September, Washington and his joint force of around 18,000 American and French troops had arrived ready to fight the 8,300 British troops at Yorktown. The British had fortified Yorktown with ten small forts called redoubts. By late September, the Continental and French forces began digging in for a siege. Not to long after that, they began firing their artillery at the British guns, knocking them out by October 11th. Cornwallis asked Clinton for reinforcements, but they never came in time, only leaving after Cornwallis had surrendered.
On October 11, the Americans and French drew closer to the British lines, establishing a second trench line and moving their guns up. They charged the British lines at redoubts 9 and 10 on the night of October 14th, taking both in 30 minutes. By October 17th, Cornwallis knew that there was no hope for a British victory. He sent a drummer boy signaling the British surrender to Washington and his forces. The official ceremony took place two days later on the 19th. This was the last military engagement of the American Revolutionary War. Peace terms would not be settled for another two years.