Yorktown in York County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
In Solemn Step
Colonial National Historical Park
At about twelve o’clock, the combined army was arranged … in two lines extending more than a mile …. The French troops, in complete uniform, displayed a martial and noble appearance …. The Americans … exhibited an erect, soldierly air, every countenance beamed with satisfaction and joy. The concourse of spectators … in point of numbers was probably equal to the military, but universal silence and order prevailed.
Surgeon James Thacher, M.D., Continental Army, October 19, 1781
On October 19, 1781, the now-paved road to your right was lined by American soldiers on the right and French soldiers on the left. Every eye was trained upon the arrival of the British troops. Spectators from miles around crowded behind the military formation in anticipation of the British parade. Washington had ordered Cornwallis to march his men from Yorktown at precisely 2 p.m., but unforeseen delays held their exit until 3 p.m.
Cornwallis sent word that he was ill and appointed Brigadier General Charles O’Hara to lead his troops. In solemn step, with arms shouldered and colors cased, the British and German prisoners marched with drums beating to this field where they surrendered their weapons. The victors and the defeated were unaware that the long struggle had ended.
Erected by Colonial
Location. 37° 12.529′ N, 76° 30.299′ W. Marker is in Yorktown, Virginia, in York County. Marker can be reached from Historical Tour Drive, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located on the Yorktown Battlefield in Colonial National Historical Park, at stop F on the Battlefield Tour. Marker is in this post office area: Yorktown VA 23690, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. News of Victory (within shouting distance of this marker); Brotherhood Preserved (within shouting distance of this marker); Ground Your Firelocks! (within shouting distance of this marker); Trophies of War (within shouting distance of this marker); Surrender Field (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Surrender Road (about 500 feet away); American Field Hospital (approx. 0.3 miles away); Marquis de Lafayette and His Division (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Yorktown.
More about this marker. The background of the marker contains a painting of the surrender ceremony. It has a caption of “Louis Nicholas van Blarenberghe’s Surrender at Yorktown was painted in 1785 by order of the King of France. To ensure accuracy, Blarenberghe
Also see . . .
1. Yorktown Battlefield. National Park Service. (Submitted on August 23, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. The Battle of Yorktown 1781. A British perspective of the Battle of Yorktown from BritishBattles.com. (Submitted on August 23, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
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