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Yorktown in York County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Major General Benjamin Lincoln and His Division

1781 Siege of Yorktown

— Colonial National Historical Park —

 
 
Major General Benjamin Lincoln and His Division Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, August 12, 2008
1. Major General Benjamin Lincoln and His Division Marker
Inscription.  
“I am fully convinced that the Siege will not last more than twelve days more and that Cornwallis & his troops must in that time be ours.”
Major General Benjamin Lincoln to his wife, October 12, 1781


On May 12, 1780, Major General Benjamin Lincoln surrendered Charleston, South Carolina, and his army of 5,000 soldiers to the British. That fall, he rejoined the Continental Army when he was exchanged for a British and a German general, who had been captured at the Battle of Saratoga in 1777.

At Yorktown, as senior ranking major general, he was second-in-command of the American forces and also commanded a division of the Continental Army, consisting of seasoned soldiers from New York, New Jersey and Rhode Island. His troops shared duties with the other two divisions and were usually in the siege lines every third day of the siege.

After the siege, Lincoln oversaw the return of troops and military equipment to New York. Shortly thereafter he assumed a congressional appointment to a new post, Secretary of War. In explaining his decision to remain in government service, rather than return to his
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family, Lincoln wrote his son: “the growing encroachments of Britain would … have fallen with too much weight on the necks of my Children and would have deprived them of …the sweetness of life, and which to preserve are among the duties enjoined on us by our creator & supreme benefactor – If therefore in pursuit of my just object some things should appear which should look like neglect of my dearest … you will not I trust indulge such an idea … explain this matter to your Brothers & Sisters.”
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Revolutionary. A significant historical date for this entry is May 12, 1780.
 
Location. 37° 12.517′ N, 76° 29.652′ W. Marker is in Yorktown, Virginia, in York County. Marker is on Historical Tour Road, on the right when traveling west. Marker is located on the Yorktown Battlefield in Colonial National Historical Park, on the Battlefield Tour. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Yorktown VA 23690, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Virginia Militia (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Marquis de Lafayette and His Division (approx. ¼ mile away); American Encampment (approx. ¼ mile away); American Field Hospital
Marker on the Yorktown Battlefield image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, August 12, 2008
2. Marker on the Yorktown Battlefield
(approx. 0.3 miles away); Surrender Road (approx. half a mile away); Wear Of Centuries (approx. 0.6 miles away); Brotherhood Preserved (approx. 0.6 miles away); News of Victory (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Yorktown.
 
More about this marker. The left of the marker features a portrait of “Benjamin Lincoln by Charles Willson Peale, from live, c. 1781-1783. Courtesy of Independence National Historical Park.” The right of the marker contains a picture of a member of Lincoln’s Division, courtesy of the Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection, Brown University. It has a caption of “Lincoln’s Division included 450 men of the Rhode Island Regiment. In January 1781, this regiment was formed by the consolidation of the 1st Rhode Island Regiment, a unit of slaves who were to receive their freedom as a result of their military service, and the 2nd Rhode Island Regiment. American army units were integrated during the American Revolution, something that would not officially happen again until the early 1950s.”
 
Also see . . .
1. Major General Benjamin Lincoln
Major General Benjamin Lincoln image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Wikipedia
3. Major General Benjamin Lincoln
By Charles Willson Peale from live, c. 1781-1783.
. National Park Service website. (Submitted on September 1, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.) 

2. The Battle of Yorktown 1781. A British perspective of the Battle of Yorktown from BritishBattles.com. (Submitted on September 1, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 27, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 1, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,065 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 1, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.   3. submitted on July 30, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.

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