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Yorktown in York County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Hornwork

 
 
The Hornwork Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 12, 2008
1. The Hornwork Marker
Inscription. To your right the British extended their works outward along the York-Hampton Road a principal entrance into Yorktown which they blocked with this “Hornwork.” It was garrisoned by Colonel Abercrombie’s Light Infantry.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 37° 13.803′ N, 76° 30.35′ W. Marker is in Yorktown, Virginia, in York County. Marker is on Colonial Pkwy, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is located on the Yorktown Battlefield in Colonial National Historical Park, at stop A on the Battlefield Tour near the Visitor Center. 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. British Inner Defense Line (a few steps from this marker); Cornwallis Headquarters (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Yorktown (about 500 feet away); Home of Thomas Nelson (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Yorktown (approx. 0.2 miles away); Yorktown Bicentennial Pine Trees (approx. 0.2 miles away); Don't Tread on Me! (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Yorktown (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Yorktown.
 
Also see . . .
Marker on the Yorktown Battlefield image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 12, 2008
2. Marker on the Yorktown Battlefield

1. Yorktown Battlefield. National Park Service. (Submitted on August 31, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. The Battle of Yorktown. The Patriot Resource website. (Submitted on August 31, 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 31, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Notable EventsNotable PlacesWar, US CivilWar, US Revolutionary
 
Fortifications from Two Wars image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 12, 2008
3. Fortifications from Two Wars
These earthworks were built in 1781 by Cornwallis' British and German troops. In 1861, Confederate forces under Gen. John B. Magruder reinforced the remains of these Revolutionary War fortifications to block Union Gen. George B. McClellan's advance to Richmond.
British Earthworks image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 12, 2008
4. British Earthworks
The Hornwork was part of the British Inner Defense Line. After the arrival of Washington and Rochambeau's forces, the British withdrew from their outer defenses and consolidated at this point.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 795 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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