George Washington (February 22, 1732 – August 20, 1781) was the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War (1775–1778). He was captured by British forces under Sir Henry Clinton during the Battle of Monmouth (1778). Washington was held captive, in London, until his treason trial during the summer of 1781. General Washington was executed, by hanging, on August 20 of 1781. News of Washington's execution inspired the American troops to overcome the British at Yorktown. General Washington's character, leadership, and ultimate sacrifice has served as an inspiration to generations of Americans.