Yorktown in York County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The 1781 Siege of Yorktown
—Colonial National Historical Park —
“The ships were enwrapped in a torrent of fire, which spreading with vivid brightness among the combustible rigging, and running with amazing rapidity to the tops of the several masts, while all around was thunder and lightning for our numerous cannon and mortars, and in the darkness of night, presented one of the most sublime and magnificent spectacles which can be imagined.”
Dr. James Thacher, Surgeon, Continental Army
Location. 37° 14.438′ N, 76° 31.288′ W. Marker is in Yorktown, Virginia, in York County. Marker is on Fusiliers Redoubt ramp, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is located across the road from the Yorktown Victory 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. The Washington – Rochambeau Route to Victory (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named French Trench (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fusiliers Redoubt (about 400 feet away); Washington-Rochambeau Route (about 600 feet away); Naval Weapons Station (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Yorktown Windmill (approx. 0.6 miles away); John Smith Explores the Chesapeake (approx. 0.6 miles away); Join the Adventure (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Yorktown.
More about this marker. The bottom of the marker features a map of the French batteries in relation to the vessels that they set afire. The location of the marker is also indicated. The upper right of the marker contains a reproduction of a “1781 French map illustration depicting the destruction of the HMS Charon.
Also see . . .
1. Yorktown Battlefield. National Park Service. (Submitted on September 1, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. The Battle of Yorktown. The Patriot Resource website. (Submitted on September 1, 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 September 1, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
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