On 14 October 1781 Colonial and French forces struck the last major British outer defenses, thus weakening the British to where surrender was their only option. But how did the Colonist under George Washington, ever managed to corner and defeat the mightiest army on earth at that time? After all the Colonial Army was made up mostly of farmers and a few tradesmen, while the British were career professionals, largely battle hardened by European wars. Could it be that the storm at sea, which blocked the British Feet from rescuing Lord Cornwallis and his beleaguered army, was a happenchance or was it an intervention by Almighty God?.
The final attack never came! On the next day, the morning of the 28 August, it began to rain, and it was a hard driving rain driven by a strong northeast wind. The British fleet lay two miles southwest a short way down the East River waiting for the wind to shift, so they could sail up the East River to completely encircle Washington's Army. With these British Man-of-Wars Ships and their broad sides at our backs, and the British Army at their front, Washington would seemingly have no choice but to surrender. However, that stiff northeast wind continued blowing hard against the British Fleet all day, as a result they could not move.
The evacuation began under the cover of that same storm, which was still blowing hard! The last regiments, which had joined Washington's army only two days earlier, were men from the north shore of Massachusetts Bay, as well as Minute Men from Salem and Marblehead. They had been raised, since they were small boys to handle small boats; and they knew very well how to place oars in the water and row without making any noise. That particular ability was important at this time, because two hours into the evacuation, the storm stilled and the moon came out on a hot, absolutely still, and very quiet August night.