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Port Tobacco in Charles County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

On to Yorktown

Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail

 

—Road to Victory —

 
On to Yorktown Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 25, 2011
1. On to Yorktown Marker
Inscription. Upon arrival of French forces in Newport, Rhode Island in July 1780, Baron Ludwig von Closen, a captain in the Royal Deux-Ponts Regiment, was selected by General Rochambeau as one of his aides-de-camp. Closen accompanied Rochambeau on most of his visits with General Washington and was chosen as courier of many important communications, including messages to the French fleet commanders Admirals de Barras and De Grasse. Closen kept a detailed diary of his activities throughout his stay in America, including the Yorktown Campaign of 1781.

At Baltimore on 12 September 1781, Closen and his fellow aide-de-camp Baron Marie-Francois Cromot Dubourg decided to separate from the main army and seek a shorter route to Williamsburg. That evening they set out with four servants and 10 horses. Traveling without a guide they lost their way and spent the night at a remote farm. The next day they rode through Queen Anne to Upper Marlboro from where they continued to Port Tobaccco on 14 September.

Closen described Port Tobacco as "situated at the foot of a hill, where there is a stream bordered by about twenty houses....In the evening we had time to climb up to the church, which is situated on a dominating height, from which we had a delightful view." The church was St. Ignatius, described by Cromot Dubourg as "very handsome."

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By Allen C. Browne, September 25, 2011
2. On to Yorktown Marker
next day they traveled to Laidler's Lower Ferry Landing at Charlestown (now Morgantown) where they took Hooes' Ferry to Point Mathias on the Virginia side of the Potomac. They reached Williamsburg on 18 September, Closen regularly entered the trenches with the regiment and had the satisfaction of witnessing Lord Cornwallis surrender his forces on 19 October 1781.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the The Washington-Rochambeau Route marker series.
 
Location. 38° 30.676′ N, 77° 1.195′ W. Marker is in Port Tobacco, Maryland, in Charles County. Click for map. Marker is in front of the Port Tobacco Courthouse Museum on Chapel Point Road off Route 6. Marker is in this post office area: Port Tobacco MD 20677, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Port Tobacco (a few steps from this marker); John Wilkes Booth (a few steps from this marker); St. Columba Masonic Lodge (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Port Tobacco (approx. 0.3 miles away); Rose Hill (approx. 0.9 miles away); a different marker also named Rose Hill (approx. 0.9
Overnight at Port Tobacco, September 14, 1871 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 25, 2011
3. Overnight at Port Tobacco, September 14, 1871
David R. Wagner's painting hangs in the Port Tobacco Courthouse Museum. It shows Rochambeau's Aides-de-camp the Comte du Bourg (on the left) and Baron von Closen (on the right) at Port Tobacco.
miles away); Mulberry Grove - Birthplace of John Hanson (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Retreat (approx. 1.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Port Tobacco.
 
Also see . . .  Overnight at Port Tobacco. on David R. Wagner's Home Page. (Submitted on January 21, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 
 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 554 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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