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

French Trench

 
 
French Trench Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 12, 2008
1. French Trench Marker
Inscription. This earthwork was manned by the “Regiment Touraine” and formed the western portion of the French and American siege line surrounding Yorktown. From this line the French fired upon ships in the York River and the British fort behind you.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 37° 14.418′ N, 76° 31.348′ W. Marker is in Yorktown, Virginia, in York County. Marker is on Fusiliers Redoubt ramp, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located across the road from the Yorktown Victory Center. 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. Washington-Rochambeau Route (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named French Trench (about 300 feet away); The Washington – Rochambeau Route to Victory (about 400 feet away); Fusiliers Redoubt (about 700 feet away); Naval Weapons Station (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Yorktown Windmill (approx. 0.6 miles away); John Smith Explores the Chesapeake (approx. 0.6 miles away); Join the Adventure (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Yorktown.
 
Also see . . .
Marker in Yorktown image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 12, 2008
2. Marker in Yorktown
Located at the extreme left of the American and French lines, this French artillery battery was commanded by the Marquis de Saint-Simon.

1. Yorktown Battlefield. National Park Service. (Submitted on September 4, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. The Battle of Yorktown. The Patriot Resource website. (Submitted on September 4, 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 September 4, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Notable EventsNotable PlacesWar, US Revolutionary
 
Artillery at the French Trench image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 12, 2008
3. Artillery at the French Trench
This was the first battery of siege guns to fire on the British, aiming at the nearby Royal Welch Fusiliers Redoubt on October 9. These cannon are located in front on the marker.
York River image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 12, 2008
4. York River
The French Trench is on the banks of the York River. This photo was taken from in front of the marker. Artillery at this battery harassed British ships anchored between Yorktown and Gloucester Point on the far side of the bridge. On October 10, this battery set fire to three British ships using superheated cannon balls.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 4, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 794 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 4, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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