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Gloucester Point in Gloucester County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Freedom is Won

 
 
Freedom is Won Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, April 25, 2010
1. Freedom is Won Marker
Inscription. "I have the mortification to inform your Excellency that I have been forced to give up the posts of York and Gloucester, and to surrender the troops under my command, by capitulation on the 19th instant, as prisoners of war to the combined forces of America and France." Lt. General Charles Marquis Cornwallis

During the siege of Yorktown, a French force supported by 3,000 colonial militia encircled the British forces of Colonel Tarleton at Gloucester Point. One significant engagement took place on October 3, 1781, when the British forces conducting a food gathering mission into Gloucester County were overtaken by an Allied force and the 'Battle of the Hook' followed. During the battle, Colonel Tarleton was nearly captured when his horse was killed. The bottling up of British forces at the Point and siege in Yorktown cut off Cornwallis's supplies of food for men and horses.

General Cornwallis had hoped to evacuate his troops through the Point during the night of October 17th, but a strong storm forced him to cancel the plan. Two days later, he was forced to surrender his forces and inform General Clinton of his actions.
 
Erected by Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network.
 
Location. 37° 14.727′ N, 76° 
York River (north bank) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, April 25, 2010
2. York River (north bank)
30.274′ W. Marker is in Gloucester Point, Virginia, in Gloucester County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Greate Road (Virginia Route 1208) and Franklin Road. Click for map. This marker is located in the Gloucester Point Beach parking area under the Coleman Bridge. Marker is in this post office area: Gloucester Point VA 23062, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Virginia's First Shots in the Civil War (a few steps from this marker); Port of Call (a few steps from this marker); To Get to the Other Side (within shouting distance of this marker); Harvesting Nature's Bounty (within shouting distance of this marker); Mother Nature Comes Calling (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Virginia Institute of Marine Science (about 400 feet away); Gloucester Point (approx. 0.3 miles away); Still Defending Virginia’s Shores (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Gloucester Point.
 
More about this marker. On the right of the panel are three portraits: "George Washington", "Lord Cornwallis", and "Colonel Tarleton".
 
Categories. Notable EventsNotable PlacesWar, US Revolutionary
 
Gloucester Point Beach image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, April 25, 2010
3. Gloucester Point Beach
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 611 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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