Yorktown in York County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Colonial National Historical Park
On October 19, 1781, British troops, commanded by Lieutenant General Lord Cornwallis, marched from heavily damaged Yorktown and surrendered on this field to the allied French and American armies under the command of General George Washington. Cornwallis, pleading illness, did not accompany his men.
The pavilion ahead overlooks the scene of the laying down of weapons. The short, wheelchair-accessible trail leads past exhibits that describe the spectacle, mood, and pagentry of that momentous event. The British defeat at Yorktown was the culmination of the Revolutionary War.
This trail is less than 0.2 mile round trip. From the pavillion overlook, follow the path to the display of surrendered artillery on the ground level. A shorter gravel path with exhibits leads to the field and back to the parking lot.
Erected by Colonial National Historical Park, National
Location. 37° 12.474′ N, 76° 30.297′ W. Marker is in Yorktown, Virginia, in York County. Marker is on Historical Tour Road, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is located on the Yorktown Battlefield in Colonial National Historical Park, at stop F 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. Ground Your Firelocks! (within shouting distance of this marker); Trophies of War (within shouting distance of this marker); Brotherhood Preserved (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); In Solemn Step (about 300 feet away); News of Victory (about 400 feet away); Surrender Road (about 600 feet away); American Field Hospital (approx. 0.3 miles away); Marquis de Lafayette and His Division (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Yorktown.
More about this marker. The background of the marker features a picture of the British soldiers surrendering their arms. A map of the trail appears at the upper right, and a picture of some of the surrendered artillery is under it.
Also see . . .
1. Yorktown Battlefield. National Park Service. (Submitted on February 28, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. The Battle of Yorktown. Account of the battle from the Patriot Resource website. (Submitted on February 28, 2010, 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 February 28, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Categories. • War, US Revolutionary •
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