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    For this counter factual the British send a more aggressive admiral to command at Chesapeake, possibly Rodney himself. Result is that de Grasse is driven off and the British are able to re supply and reinforce Cornwallis at Yorktown. Or evacuate if necessary.

    What implications does a British victory at Chesapeake have for the war?
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  • #2
    Not much, the Spanish and Dutch were going to be joining soon and even the Brits couldn't beat the whole world.
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    • #3
      I would say that it would prolong the war by at least two years, at the very least.

      But... negotiations alone made it drag out until 1783, didn't they?
      I think I'm a little out of my depth here.


      • #4
        Yorktown was 1781 and the war ended 1783 with the Treaty of Paris. Negotiations did take quite a while, but at least they ended the war.

        If Cornwallis is evacuated all it does is prolong the war. You still have alot of French and American troops to fight on their own soil. If anyone forgot a large number of French soldiers were present at Yorktown.
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        • #5
          On the other hand, the Americans, French,Spanish and Dutch were pretty well bankrupt - the destruction of the French fleet might have been enough to spark the revolution earlier. It would almost certainly led to more mutinies by the American troops - and there would be no last minute rescues by the French.


          • #6
            The French fleet WAS destroyed later in the war, in the Caribbean, and the French revolution still didn't happen until 1789.

            At best, Cornwallis and his army would have been evacuated... to where?
            The only secure base for them in the north would have been New York, where they were not really needed.
            They could have been sent back to Savannah, where they had started a couple of years earlier.... having been reduced to half of what Cornwallis had started with.
            And it wasn't the better half, Tarlton had lost the best troops in that 'army' at the Cowpens already, and the remainder were in pretty bad shape.

            Prolong the war, more men die, maybe some different terms at the peace table, maybe. The war was more unpopular than ever in the UK by then and the toll on merchant shipping was making Parliament squeal. It was only a matter of time once the strategy of rolling up the Colonies from the South went bust.

            But, yes, where would Cornwallis have gone next?
            Or rather, where would his successor have been sent with those 7k men?


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