Yorktown in York County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Second Allied Siege Line
Colonial National Historical Park
At the present distance of our batteries … they might fire till Christmas without materially lessening the enemy’s force …. I am impatient to get nearer to the enemy, that our work may be more speedily accomplished, and our ammunition not thrown away.
Colonel Timothy Pickering, Quartermaster General, Continental Army
You are standing near the left side of the reconstructed Second Siege Line. A large portion of the line – to Cornwallis’s consternation – was constructed under the cover of darkness, October 11 and 12, 1781. At daybreak, the British saw that their enemy now had them within point-blank artillery range, just 360 yards away.
Erected by Colonial National Historical Park, National Park Service.
Location. 37° 13.574′ N, 76° 30.347′ W. Marker is in Yorktown, Virginia, in York County. Marker is on Cook Road (Virginia Route 238), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is located on the Yorktown Battlefield in Colonial National Historical Park, at stop C on the Battlefield Tour. Marker is in this post office area: Yorktown VA 23690, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Surrender at Yorktown (a few steps from this marker); Slabtown Shiloh Baptist Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Yorktown National Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Shiloh Baptist Church (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Grand French Battery (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named The Grand French Battery (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Allied Siege Line (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Yorktown.
More about this marker. The marker is dominated by a painting of Yorktown during the 1781 siege. Indicated in the picture are the locations of the First and Second Allied Siege Lines in relation to the marker. Gabions and facines are also identified in the picture.
The upper right of the marker contains an illustration of the siege fortifications with the caption “Following this 1762 French-military textbook method, in complete silence 750 soldiers dug the trench. One group of men broke the earth, while another threw the dirt into gabions – sturdy woven baskets
Also see . . .
1. Yorktown Battlefield. National Park Service. (Submitted on August 29, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. The Battle of Yorktown. The Patriot Resource website. (Submitted on August 29, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
3. The Battle of Yorktown 1781. A British perspective of the Battle of Yorktown from BritishBattles.com. (Submitted on August 29, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
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