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Dumfries in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Revolutionary War Campaign of 1781

 
 
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By Jeremy Prats, September 9, 2006
1. Revolutionary War Campaign of 1781 Marker
Inscription. The roads through Prince William County were important routes for the Revolutionary War campaign of 1781. In April, the Marquis de Lafayette passed through the county on the King's Highway with a portion of Gen. George Washington's Continental Army. During July, Brig. Gen. Anthony Wayne and his troops marched through the region of the Carolina Road and joined Lafayette at Rapidan. In September, the cavalry and baggage wagons of the French and American armies took the King's Highway to Yorktown. After the Battle of Yorktown, the British troops surrendered to the American and French forces on 18 Oct. 1781
 
Erected 2000 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number E 53.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the The Washington-Rochambeau Route marker series.
 
Location. 38° 33.977′ N, 77° 19.465′ W. Marker is in Dumfries, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker is on Frayley Boulevard (U.S. 1) north of Williamstown Drive, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. It is next to Cecil Garrison Park. Marker is in this post office area: Dumfries VA 22026, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dumfries Raid (here, next to
Revolutionary War Campaign of 1781 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jeremy Prats, September 8, 2006
2. Revolutionary War Campaign of 1781 Marker
this marker); Graham Park (a few steps from this marker); History of Dumfries (a few steps from this marker); Dumfries - Love’s Tavern (approx. 0.2 miles away); Colonial Dumfries - Williams Ordinary (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Dumfries.
 
More about this marker. This marker replaces a marker with the same number that was located on Route 1 at the northern town line. It was entitled just "Campaign of 1781" and read: Lafayette, coming to Virginia to take command, moved by this road, April 1781. Here passed Washington and Rochambeau going to Yorktown, September 1781.

A different marker with this same number was listed in early Virginia Historical Marker lists, located on Route 1 at the south town line. It was titled "Early Land Patents" and read: Here on Quantico Creek, land was first patented by Richard Hawkins in 1653.
 
Also see . . .
1. Historic Documentation of the Route Taken... ...by Generals Washington and Rochambeau en route to and from Yorktown through Prince William County, Virginia. Prepared for Prince William County Planning in August 2002 and updated in April 2004. (Submitted on September 26, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 

2. Virtual Tour of The King's Highway. (Submitted on January 22, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
 
Categories. Settlements & SettlersWar, US Revolutionary
 
 
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