Virginia Beach, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Battle of the Capes 1781
General Washington, camped outside of New York City, knew that only by the cooperative efforts of his small force of Continental Soldiers and the French Army (commanded by General Rochambeau), together with the French Navy (commanded by Admiral De Grasse) would any chance of victory be possible. On July 28 De Grasse, who was in the West Indies, informed Washington that his fleet would sail for the Chesapeake Bay. Washington moved his army south in hopes of capturing Cornwallis, who was fortifying Yorktown. The possibility of victory hinged on the arrival of De Grasse and his ability to maintain French naval supremacy in the Chesapeake Bay.
On August 30, the French fleet,
Painting, "Battle of the Capes," credit to U.S. Navy
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial Era • War, US Revolutionary • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #01 George Washington, and the The Washington-Rochambeau Route series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is September 5, 1781.
Location. 36° 55.671′ N, 76° 0.548′ W. Marker is in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and New Guinea Road, on the right when traveling north on Atlantic Avenue. Enter the parking lot for the Cape Henry Memorial, which is maintained by the National Park Service. The marker is at the trailhead located at the northeast corner of the parking lot. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Virginia Beach VA 23459, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cape Henry Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); François Joseph Paul de GrasseFrench British Naval Engagement Off the Virginia Capes (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of the Capes (within shouting distance of this marker); First Landing (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Public Works Project of the United States Government (approx. 0.2 miles away); History of Cape Henry Lighthouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); British Naval Blockade and Cape Henry Lighthouse / The War of 1812 (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Virginia Beach.
Also see . . .
1. Cape Henry Memorial, National Park Service. (Submitted on August 20, 2019.)
2. Washington-Rochambeau National Historic Trail, National Park Service. (Submitted on August 20, 2019.)
3. Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route Association, Inc. (Submitted on August 20, 2019.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 29, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 20, 2019. This page has been viewed 185 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 20, 2019. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.