A first day cover is an envelope containing a commemorative stamp, appropriately postmarked for the topic and then someone adds artwork to it depicting the topic. This Warm Up/Review Lesson uses an envelope containing the 2 stamps issued by the post office depicting the Battle of Yorktown. By analyzing the envelope and listing the facts found on it, students can tell the story of the final battle of the Revolutionary War. Both stamps are maps of the Virginia coastline. One stamp shows the Battle of the Capes with the French navy stopping the British naval forces, and the second stamp shows the British troops being surrounded by the colonial army at Yorktown. Side by side, these two stamps can tell the story of the battle but add in the postmark and students have the date and place. Students can then "stand" in the artwork and role play the drummer boy as General Cornwallis surrenders his sword to General Washington. What would he have felt while observing such an event? How would this battle change his life, the colonies or the "mother country"?