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Highland Falls in Orange County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

The Path to Victory

The Path to Victory Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael Herrick, July 12, 2022
1. The Path to Victory Marker
In 1781, the American and French allies combined their armies at a pivotal turning point in the Revolutionary War. Under the command of General George Washington and French General Jean-Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, comte de Rochambeau, the armies marched south to lay siege to Yorktown, Virginia. In a decisive victory, they captured the British Army under General Charles Cornwallis, 1st Marquess Cornwallis. This single campaign assured American independence.

The Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail follows the routes used between 1781 and 1783 by allied American and French forces to and from the successful siege of Yorktown, Virginia. This network of roads and water trails winds over 700 miles through nine states and the District of Columbia.

Take this Revolutionary Route and explore historic sites and communities that once hosted Revolutionary War soldiers. Learn the stories of people who helped pave the way to victory and an independent United States.

For more information about this National Historic Trail, visit:

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George Washington: 1732-1799
Congress chose George Washington to command the Continental Army in 1775. His strategic insight and leadership culminated in American independence. After the war, Washington resigned his military command. He became the first President of the United States in 1789.

Jean-Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, comte de Rochambeau: 1725-1807 This French nobleman and distinguished officer was appointed commander of the French Army sent to America in 1780 to fight the British. After success there, he continued his military career until 1792. Arrested in 1794 during the French Revolution, he was released later that year and retired to his estates.
Topics and series. This memorial is listed in this topic list: War, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the The Washington-Rochambeau Route series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1781.
Location. 41° 22.388′ N, 73° 57.775′ W. Marker is in Highland Falls, New York, in Orange County. Memorial can be reached from the intersection of Main Street and Aylward Way, on the right when traveling north. Located at the parking lot entrance to the West Point Museum. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Highland Falls NY 10928, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Essayons— “Let Us Try” (here, next to this marker); Lafayette's Tour (here, next to
The Path to Victory Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael Herrick, July 12, 2022
2. The Path to Victory Marker
this marker); Town of Highlands (a few steps from this marker); Abrams Gate (within shouting distance of this marker); The Army Mule (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); USMA Class of 1954 Memorial (about 300 feet away); Andre Cavaro Lucas (about 300 feet away); Benjamin J. Havens (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Highland Falls.
Also see . . .  Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route – National Park Service. (Submitted on July 28, 2022, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 28, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 28, 2022, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 117 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 28, 2022, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.

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