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Ladysmith in Caroline County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

York: Lewis and Clark Expedition

 
 
York: Lewis and Clark Expedition Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, September 18, 2011
1. York: Lewis and Clark Expedition Marker
Inscription. Born in Caroline County in 1770, York was a slave of the William Clark family and the only African American on the 1803-1806 Lewis and Clark Expedition. Approximately 34 years old at the time, York was one of the hunters and also accompanied groups of soldiers on scouting missions. Other members of the expedition received money and land for their services, but York did not because of his slave status and Clark’s refusal to manumit him. York may have escaped from Clark and returned to Wyoming, where according to tradition, he lived out his life with the Crow Indians.
 
Erected 2009 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number E 99-a.)
 
Location. 38° 1.234′ N, 77° 30.947′ W. Marker is in Ladysmith, Virginia, in Caroline County. Marker is on Jefferson Davis Highway (U.S. 1) 0.2 miles north of Ladysmith Road (Virginia Route 639), on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ruther Glen VA 22546, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Maneuvering to the North Anna River (here, next to this marker); Clark Family Farm (a few steps from this marker); Dickinson's Mill
US 1 (facing south) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, September 18, 2011
2. US 1 (facing south)
(approx. 2.3 miles away); Golansville Quaker Meetinghouse (approx. 2.9 miles away); William Clark Birthplace (approx. 3.9 miles away); Nancy Wright’s (approx. 4.8 miles away); Spotsylvania County / Caroline County (approx. 5.4 miles away); Turn in Sheridan’s Raid (approx. 6.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Ladysmith.
 
Categories. African AmericansExploration
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 572 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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