Most of the fighting in the last years of the war took place in the South. The British captured the coastal cities of Savanna, Charleston, and Wilmington. The British Army, under Gen. Charles Cornwallis, marched in and defeated the American forces at Camden, South Carolina. But GW, who was containing Gen. Clinton in NY, sent Gen. Nathaniel Greene to the Southern States. After the Continental Army won Battles at King's Mountain, Cowpens, and Guilford Courthouse, Cornwallis retreated to the coast. He marched his army to Yorktown, Virginia, which he planned to use as a base of operations. As Marquis De Lafayette occupies Cornwallis, GW hurried south of NY with a force of 20,000 men. Meanwhile, a French fleet under Admiral de Grasse prevented the British Navy from rescuing Cornwallis. Surrounded on all sides and under a savage bombardment, Cornwallis surrendered. Yorktown was the last major battle of the War. In the Treaty of Paris, Great Britian recognized the independnce of the United States.