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Several songs were composed to commemorate the surrender of the royal army at Yorktown. The one subjoined was published a short time after the event, adapted to the air " Maggie Lauder," which was at that time a great favorite in both armies.
When British troops first landed here,
With Howe commander o'er them, They thought they'd make us quake for fear,
And carry all before them; With thirty thousand men or more,
And she without assistance, America must needs give o'er,
And make no more resistance.