Yorktown in York County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
1781 Siege of Yorktown
—Colonial National Historical Park —
“ … once we were inside the redoubt. People of four nations were thrown together: Frenchmen, English, Scots, and Germans ….”
Private Georg Flohr, Royal Deux-Ponts Regiment
“ … a trait which characterized the French grenadiers …. They … charged like lions, and lost one-third of their men.”
Comte de Rochambeau
On October 14, 1781, Baron Antoine de Vioménil had overall command of the French attack on Redoubt 9, which was defended by approximately 120 British and German forces. Vioménil selected Colonel en Second Guillaume de Forbach des Deux-Ponts (also known as Wilhelm von Forbach) to lead the 400 man assault that was comprised of troops from the Gâtinais and Royal Deux-Ponts Regiments. The later regiment was also known as “Das Deutsche Königlich Französische Infantrie Regiment von Zweibrücken” (The German Royal French Infantry Regiment from Zweibrücken).
The French approach was delayed as engineering troops took heavy casualties while clearing obstructions protecting the British perimeter. The difficulties of the assault were compounded by darkness, close quarters combat, German forces on both sides wearing similiar uniforms, and the confusion of German commanders coming from both attackers and defenders. Within 30 minutes, however, Vioménil congratulated
The last obstruction to the Allies completing their Second Siege Line had fallen.
Erected by Colonial National Historical Park, National Park Service.
Location. 37° 13.661′ N, 76° 29.878′ W. Marker is in Yorktown, Virginia, in York County. Marker can be reached from Ballard Street (Virginia Route 238), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located on the Yorktown Battlefield in Colonial National Historical Park, at stop D on the Battlefield Tour. Marker is in this post office area: Yorktown VA 23690, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Grand American Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); The Second Siege Line (within shouting distance of this marker); Redoubts 9 and 10 (within shouting distance of this marker); French Soldiers and Sailors (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Communicating Trench (about 400 feet away); Time, Tide and Erosion (about 500 feet away); Capture of Redoubt No. 10 (about 600 feet away); Redoubt 10 (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Yorktown.
More about this marker. The marker contains illustrations of four different uniformed soldiers
Also see . . .
1. Yorktown Battlefield. National Park Service. (Submitted on August 29, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. The Battle of Yorktown. The Patriot Resource website. (Submitted on August 29, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
3. The Battle of Yorktown 1781. A British perspective of the Battle of Yorktown from BritishBattles.com. (Submitted on August 29, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 29, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,130 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 29, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.