Fishkill in Dutchess County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Path to Victory
Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail
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: www.nps.gov/waro
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A Powerful Partnership
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
The 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.
Erected 2015 by National Park Service.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #01 George Washington, and the The Washington-Rochambeau Route series lists.
Location. 41° 31.38′ N, 73° 53.355′ W. Marker is in Fishkill, New York, in Dutchess County. Marker is at the intersection of New York State Route 9 and Interstate 84, on the right when traveling north on State Route 9. Marker is located in front of the Van Wyck Homestead. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fishkill NY 12524, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers Continental Army Crossroads (here, next to this marker); American Revolution Bicentennial Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Revolutionary War Dead (within shouting distance of this marker); Great Indian Warrior Trading Path (within shouting distance of this marker); Van Wyck Homestead Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); Van Wyck Homestead (within shouting distance of this marker); Veterans of the Fishkill Supply Depot (approx. ¼ mile away); Trinity Church (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fishkill.
More about this marker. The left side of the marker contains a map of the routes taken by the Continental and French armies from Newport, RI to Yorktown, Va. A picture of the encampment of the French Army at East Hartford, Connecticut, in 1782 appears at the bottom of the marker.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 19, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 339 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 19, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.