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The Capture of Redoubt #10

Yorktown, Virginia

 

—October 14, 1781 —

 
The Capture of Redoubt #10 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
1. The Capture of Redoubt #10 Marker
Inscription. The dream of American Independence remained uncertain after five years of war. During the fall of 1781, a Franco-American force under the command of General George Washington besieged General Lord Cornwallis’ heavily entrenched British Army at Yorktown, Virginia. Washington launched a daring night attack on October 12, led by 20 men of the 4th Connecticut Infantry and followed by a detachment of the Corps of Sappers and Miners which cleared a path for the rest of the assault column, and captured Redoubt 10, located at the British left. Simultaneously, French troops captured Redoubt 9. His defenses breached, Lord Cornwallis surrendered his 7,000 man Army on 19 October. News of the British defeat forced Prime Minister Lord North to resign; his successors negotiated a peace treaty that recognized the United States.

“On the Evening of the 14th, two very successful Attempts were made upon two Redoubts of the Enemy, which secured their left Flank; and were almost instantly carried, by the irresistible Spirit and Bravery of the Troops who made the Assault…”
General George Washington to General Nathaniel Greene Headquarters, October 16, 1781
 
Location. 40° 12.25′ N, 77° 9.484′ W. Marker is in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in Cumberland

Insert - The siege of Yorkrown image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
2. Insert - The siege of Yorkrown
County. Marker can be reached from Army Heritage Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Carlisle PA 17013, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Technical History (a few steps from this marker); Revolutionary War (within shouting distance of this marker); Smallpox (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Smallpox (within shouting distance of this marker); Respect (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Smallpox (within shouting distance of this marker); A Century of Protection (within shouting distance of this marker); Stations Upon the Road (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Carlisle.
 
Regarding The Capture of Redoubt #10. Sapper - a soldier responsible for tasks such as building and repairing roads and bridges, laying and clearing mines, etc.
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US Revolutionary
 
Insert - Storming the redoubt image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
3. Insert - Storming the redoubt
Redoubt #10 display image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
4. Redoubt #10 display
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 22, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 22, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 65 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 22, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
 
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