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Yorktown in York County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

York Under Siege 1781

 
 
York Under Siege 1781 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 12, 2008
1. York Under Siege 1781 Marker
Inscription. Early in October French-American forces closed their grip on the besieged British army in Yorktown and bombarded the town with their combined artillery. Incessant shellfire drove townspeople to seek shelter under this bluff and forced the British commander, Lord Cornwallis, to move his headquarters to a nearby cave. The end came quickly with the British surrender on October 19. Yorktown returned to peace, but never to its former prosperity.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 37° 14.111′ N, 76° 30.314′ W. Marker is in Yorktown, Virginia, in York County. Marker is on Water Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located on the Yorktown waterfront, near the Archer Cottage. 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. York “Under The Hill” ( a few steps from this marker); An Archer House ( a few steps from this marker); Pirates in Yorktown? ( within shouting distance of this marker); Chesapeake Bay Impact Crater ( within shouting distance of this marker); Yorktown's Sunken Fleet
Marker on the Yorktown Waterfront image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 12, 2008
2. Marker on the Yorktown Waterfront
( within shouting distance of this marker); The Brig Betsy ( within shouting distance of this marker); Yorktown’s Waterfront ( within shouting distance of this marker); Yorke Village ( within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Yorktown.
 
More about this marker. The marker features a scene of soldiers and other refugees seeking shelter in besieged Yorktown.
 
Also see . . .
1. Yorktown Battlefield. National Park Service. (Submitted on August 31, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. The Battle of Yorktown. The Patriot Resource website. (Submitted on August 31, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

3. The Battle of Yorktown 1781. A British perspective of the Battle of Yorktown from BritishBattles.com. (Submitted on August 31, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Notable EventsNotable PlacesWar, US Revolutionary
 
Cornwallis’ Cave image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 12, 2008
3. Cornwallis’ Cave
This cave served as the headquarters of British General Charles Lord Cornwallis during the last days of the siege. It is located just in front of the marker.
Inside of Cave image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 12, 2008
4. Inside of Cave
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 31, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 810 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 31, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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