Gloucester Point in Gloucester County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Freedom is Won
During the siege of Yorktown, a French force supported by 3,000 colonial militia encircled the British forces of Colonel Tarleton at Gloucester Point. One significant engagement took place on October 3, 1781, when the British forces conducting a food gathering mission into Gloucester County were overtaken by an Allied force and the 'Battle of the Hook' followed. During the battle, Colonel Tarleton was nearly captured when his horse was killed. The bottling up of British forces at the Point and siege in Yorktown cut off Cornwallis's supplies of food for men and horses.
General Cornwallis had hoped to evacuate his troops through the Point during the night of October 17th, but a strong storm forced him to cancel the plan. Two days later, he was forced to surrender his forces and inform General Clinton of his actions.
Erected by Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network.
Location. 37° 14.727′ N, 76° Touch for map. This marker is located in the Gloucester Point Beach parking area under the Coleman Bridge. Marker is in this post office area: Gloucester Point VA 23062, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Virginia's First Shots in the Civil War (a few steps from this marker); Port of Call (a few steps from this marker); To Get to the Other Side (within shouting distance of this marker); Harvesting Nature's Bounty (within shouting distance of this marker); Mother Nature Comes Calling (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Virginia Institute of Marine Science (about 400 feet away); Gloucester Point (approx. 0.3 miles away); Still Defending Virginia’s Shores (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gloucester Point.
More about this marker. On the right of the panel are three portraits: "George Washington", "Lord Cornwallis", and "Colonel Tarleton".
Categories. • Notable Events • Notable Places • War, US Revolutionary •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 26, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 660 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 26, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.