“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Baltimore, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

On to Yorktown

Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail

On to Yorktown Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, March 23, 2013
1. On to Yorktown Marker
Inscription.  Our nation never had more at risk than it did in September 1781. The American Revolutionary War—the War for Independence—had raged for nearly six years. More than 4,000 American and French troops, allied in their fight against the British, had marched from New York and inundated Baltimore for four days before advancing toward Yorktown, Virginia. At that time, Baltimore was a city of less than 10,000 residents. One regiment, the Soissonnais of French forces, was encamped at this site. Across the harbor to the east, the Royal Deux-Points, a German regiment under France, camped along Harford Run (Central Avenue) in Jonestown. Others were situated along the Jones Falls, or what is now North Charles Street. The French Cavalry, artillery, and baggage train camped just to the north of Market, now Baltimore Street between Paca and Howard Streets. A brigade of American troops rested at Fells Point. Three Baltimore Town landmarks, St Paul’s Church (top), Fite’s Tavern (upper left) and the City Courthouse (upper right) are also featured in this scene. Two days after hearing how a French naval fleet overcame the British at the Battle off the
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By Beverly Pfingsten, March 23, 2013
2. Camden Station
Capes in Virginia, the allied forces departed from Baltimore on September 15.

The defeat of British forces at the Battle of Yorktown in October was pivotal. On October 19, 1781, British commander Lord Charles Cornwallis surrendered his army to General George Washington. Within two years, the Treaty of Paris ended the War. America had emerged with its independence.
Marker series. This marker is included in the The Washington-Rochambeau Route marker series.
Location. 39° 17.089′ N, 76° 37.208′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker can be reached from Camden Street just west of Howard Street. Marker is at Camden Station. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Baltimore MD 21201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Baltimore Regional Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Baltimore Riot Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Babe’s Dream (within shouting distance of this marker); Great Railroad Strike of 1877 (within shouting distance of this marker); Wrestling in Maryland (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Richard H. Trainor (about 500 feet away); Wilkens Building (about 600 feet away); George Herman (Babe) Ruth (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
More about this marker. Another identical marker is at the Maryland Historical Society.
Categories. War, US Revolutionary


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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 23, 2013, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 601 times since then and 31 times this year. Last updated on March 24, 2013, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 23, 2013, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
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