Yorktown in York County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Comte de Rochambeau
1781 Siege of Yorktown
—Colonial National Historical Park —
I hasten to impart to you the happiness I feel at the welcome news of your arrival; and as well in the name of the American army as my own name to present you with an assurance of our warmest sentiments for allies who have so generously come to our aid. As a citizen of the United States and as soldier in the cause of liberty, I thankfully acknowledge this new mark of friendship from His Most Christian Majesty …
General George Washington to the Comte de Rochambeau, July 16, 1780
In July 1780, a French army of 5,500 professional soldiers was welcomed onto American soil. Jean-Baptiste-Donatien de Vimeur, Comte de Rochambeau, a veteran of two wars, with almost 40 years of military experience, commanded the expeditionary force. Two months later, Rochambeau and General George Washington met for the first time, establishing a military spirit of cooperation towards defeating the British.
A year later, in the Yorktown campaign, Rochambeau provided expert military counsel to Washington, Rochambeau’s troops comprised the left wing of Washington’s Allied Army, while American forces made up the right. Setting up camp, Rochambeau’s headquarters were located here, near Washington’s headquarters, enabling the two men to easily meet and confer on siege operations.
One day after the victory, General Washington
Erected by Colonial National Historical Park, National Park Service.
Location. 37° 12.21′ N, 76° 31.819′ W. Marker is in Yorktown, Virginia, in York County. Marker is on Historical Tour Drive, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located on the Yorktown Battlefield in Colonial National Historical Park, on the Allied Encampment 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. The Adjutant General (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Washington’s Headquarters (approx. 0.2 miles away); French Cemetery (approx. ¼ mile away); French Artillery Park (approx. 0.3 miles away); French Artillery Park (approx. 0.3 miles away); Beaver Dam Creek (approx. 0.6 miles away); D’Aboville’s Headquarters (approx. 0.6 miles away); Headquarters Site of Henry Knox (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Yorktown.
More about this marker. The upper right of the marker contains a portrait of “Jean Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, Comte de Rochambeau by Charles Willson Peale, from life, c. 1781.” Below this is a map of the “Plan of the Siege of York by French engineers, Charles-Louis Bethier and Louis-Alexandre Berthier, 1781.”
Also see . . .
1. Comte de Rochambeau, 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.)
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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 883 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 4, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.