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Near Charlottesville in Albemarle County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Convention Army The Barracks

 
 
Convention Army The Barracks Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 28, 2012
1. Convention Army The Barracks Marker
Inscription. In Jan. 1779, during the American Revolution, 4,000 British troops and German mercenaries (commonly known as “Hessians”) captured following the Battle of Saratoga in New York arrived here after marching from Massachusetts. It was called the Convention Army after the instrument of its surrender. Most prisoners lived in primitive huts spread out over several hundred acres of the barracks camp, where they endured great hardships. Supplying and guarding the Convention Army taxed the resources of the local community and militia. By Feb. 1781, the last of the prisoners had been relocated.
 
Erected 2011 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number W 166.)
 
Location. 38° 5.705′ N, 78° 31.558′ W. Marker is near Charlottesville, Virginia, in Albemarle County. Marker is on Barracks Farm Road (County Route 658) east of Garthfield Lane, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Charlottesville VA 22901, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Albemarle Barracks Burial Site (approx. 0.3 miles away); Rio Hill 1864 Skirmish (approx. 3 miles away); Rio Hill
Barracks Farm Road & Barrackside Farm image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 28, 2012
2. Barracks Farm Road & Barrackside Farm
(approx. 3 miles away); Skirmish at Rio Hill (approx. 3 miles away); Union Occupation of Charlottesville (approx. 3.5 miles away but has been reported missing); Revolutionary Soldiers Graves (approx. 3.5 miles away); Monacan Indian Village (approx. 3.6 miles away); Rio Mills (approx. 3.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Charlottesville.
 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 979 times since then and 57 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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