Near Triangle in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Kings Highway ~ Road to Yorktown
In 1781, Generals George Washington and Jean-Baptiste de Rochambeau traveled with cavalry and baggage wagons along the King’s Highway to Yorktown, Virginia. They rested and gathered supplies at Mount Vernon, then rode south on September 12, 1781. Rochambeau’s Quartermaster General wrote that after passing the Marumsco Creek “…you proceed through the woods, passing Blackburn House [Rippon Lodge] on the left.” The Generals mapped their route. One month after they traversed Prince William County, they defeated British forces at Yorktown and won America’s independence.
General George Washington ordered Colonel Harry Lee to improve the King’s Highway in preparation for troop movement to Yorktown. In a letter dated September 17, 1781, Lee described work undertaken to accommodate the baggage train’s passage through Prince William County. He wrote that 285 militia were
…on severe duty in repairing the roads which were impassable for the Baggage Wagons, Artillery, and mounted escorts…and in a few days I am in hopes will
Erected by the National Museum of the Marine Corps and Prince William County.
Location. 38° 32.312′ N, 77° 20.68′ W. Marker is near Triangle, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker can be reached from Jefferson Davis Highway (U.S. 1). Click for map. Marker is located on the grounds of Locus Shade Park, at its boundary with the National Museum of the Marine Corps. Marker is in this post office area: Triangle VA 22172, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lieutenant General John Archer Lejeune (approx. 0.3 miles away); Once a Marine .... Always a Marine (approx. 0.4 miles away); Soldiers of the Sea (approx. 0.4 miles away); Second Battalion, 4th Marines (approx. 0.4 miles away); HMM-362 Ugly Angels Vietnam Memorial “Wing” (approx. 0.4 miles away); Alfred Lerner (approx. 0.4 miles away); Iron Mike (approx. 0.4 miles away); The King's Highway ~ The Potomac Path (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Triangle.
More about this marker.
In the upper center the marker displays a 1885 painting by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris (1863-1890), described as a "...fanciful scene, Martha and General Washington welcome the visit of General comte de Rochambeau to Mount Vernon on 10 September 1781." The marker identifies the source of this picture as, "George Washington by Herman S. Frey, Frey Enterprises, Nashville, TN 1981."
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 211 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.