By Bill Coughlin, August 12, 2008
|1. Regiment Royal Deux-Ponts (Zweibrücken) Marker|
“With troops so good, so brave, and so disciplined as those that I have the honor to lead against the enemy, one can undertake anything, and be sure of succeeding … ”
Colonel en Second Guillaume des Deux-Ponts.
The Zweibrücken Regiment was raised in the German Duchy of Zweibrücken and served in the French army under the designation “Regiment de Royal Deux-Ponts, un Regiment d’Infanterie Allemande.”
The regiment earned distinction at the Siege of Yorktown when its grenadier and chasseur companies from the Gâtinais Regiment, successfully assailed a British outer work, Redoubt 9, on October 14. With German auxiliary troops making up part of the defending forces at Redoubt 9, the Regiment Royal Deux-Ponts was put in the position of attacking fellow Germans. The victorious assaults enabled General Washington to complete his Second Siege Line end ensured the defeat of the British. Recognizing the important role the Regiment Royal Deux-Ponts played in the siege, General Washington awarded them one of the artillery pieces captured at Redoubt 9 “as a testimony of their gallantry in storming the enemy’s redoubt.”
Erected by Colonial National Historical Park, National Park Service.
37° 13.852′ N, 76° 32.624′ W. Marker is in Yorktown, Virginia, in York County. Click for map. Marker is located on the Yorktown Battlefield in Colonial National Historical Park, at stop K on the Allied Encampment Tour. Marker is in this post office area: Yorktown VA 23690, United States of America.
By Bill Coughlin, August 12, 2008
|2. Marker on the Yorktown Battlefield|
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Washington-Rochambeau Route (approx. 1.3 miles away); French Trench (approx. 1.3 miles away); A Changed Scene (approx. 1.4 miles away); a different marker also named French Trench (approx. 1.4 miles away); The Washington – Rochambeau Route to Victory (approx. 1.4 miles away); Fusiliers Redoubt (approx. 1.5 miles away); Baron De Viomenil (approx. 1.5 miles away); Naval Weapons Station (approx. 1.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Yorktown.
More about this marker. A portrait of “Colonel en Second Guillaume des Deux-Ponts, Courtesy of the City Museum of Zweibrücken” appears on the upper left of the marker.
The right side of the marker contains a “Contemporary Map showing the geographic relationship of Zweibrücken to France, Courtesy of the Library of Congress.”
Also on the marker are pictures of the Deux-Ponts Flag and of a “Soldier of the Deux-Ponts Regiment, Courtesy of the Don Troiani Collection.”
Also see . . .
1. Yorktown Battlefield. National Park Service. (Submitted on September 6, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. The Battle of Yorktown. The Patriot Resource website. (Submitted on September 6, 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 6, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
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