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On to Yorktown

Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route Historic Tail

 

—Road to Victory —

 
On to Yorktown Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 28, 2016
1. On to Yorktown Marker
Inscription. Coming from their camp at White Marsh in the early afternoon of Wednesday, 12 September 1781, the First Brigade of French forces, consisting of the infantry regiments Bourbonnais and Royal Deux-Ponts marched into Baltimore on Pulaski Highway [US Route 40]. Once they were joined the next day by the Regiments Soissonnais and Saintonge, close to 4,000 French soldiers were resting in three campsites in and around Baltimore: at Ridgely's Delight (today's Camden Yards), the largest of the three encampment sites, at Howard's Woods on the northwest corner of North Charles and Mulberry streets, and along Harford Run in Jonestown on the western outskirts of Fells Point/eastern side of the Inner Harbor area. On their way they passed the recently completed Friends' meeting House, now the oldest religious meeting place in the city. In 1781, Baltimore's first Quaker meeting house was led by the famous Abolitionist Quaker Elisha Tyson.

One of comte de Rochambeau's units was the German-speaking Royal Deux-Ponts Regiment. In his Reisebeschreibung von America, his account of 30 months of service in America, Private George Daniel Flohr fondly remembered his days in Baltimore: On the 12th we made 20 miles to Baltimore, a German city of respectable size, very much determined by trade because of its convenient harbor which via a wide river reaches
On to Yorktown Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 28, 2016
2. On to Yorktown Marker
all the way to the city. We set up camp very close to the city on a large open plain. Here the approach of the fellow countrymen was again as strong as in Philadelphia.There we rested, very joyfully, until the 16th.


Though it was too late for Mary Katherine Goddard to announce the arrival of French forces in the Tuesday edition of her Maryland journal and Baltimore Advertiser, she carried the news in her next, issue of 18 September:

"Early on Sunday Morning last his most Christian Majesty's Forces consisting of several Thousand choice Troops (who arrived here on Tuesday last) attended by several Generals and other Officers of Distinction,· marched for Annapolis, where they are to embark with all possible Expedition, for Virginia. The Behavior of every Corps during their stay here, deserves, universal Applause."

Ten days later, on 28 September, these same troops and their American allies laid siege to Lord Cornwallis before Yorktown.
 
Location. 39° 17.467′ N, 76° 36.052′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker is on East Baltimore Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1201 East Baltimore Street, Baltimore MD 21202, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker
<i>Road to Victory</i>, 2006 by David R. Wagner image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 28, 2016
3. Road to Victory, 2006 by David R. Wagner
Close-up of painting on marker
. McKim Free School (a few steps from this marker); 1781 Friends Meeting House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lloyd Street Synagogue (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Lloyd Street Synagogue (about 300 feet away); 1029 East Baltimore Street (about 400 feet away); B'nai Israel Synagogue (about 500 feet away); 1017 - 1021 East Baltimore Street (about 600 feet away); Joe Gans and the Goldfield Hotel (approx. ¼ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Baltimore.
 
Categories. Abolition & Underground RRChurches, Etc.War, US Revolutionary
 
The Friends' Meeting House, 1781 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 28, 2016
4. The Friends' Meeting House, 1781
Detail of painting on marker
Old Town Friends' Meeting House image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 28, 2016
5. Old Town Friends' Meeting House
Captain Louis-Alexandre Berthier image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 28, 2016
6. Captain Louis-Alexandre Berthier
Close-up of image on marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 194 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. 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 August 30, 2016.
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