Attacking with "Decisive Vigor"

Attacking with "Decisive Vigor" (HMC9W)

Location: Gloucester Point, VA 23062 Gloucester County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 15.022', W 76° 30.11'

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The Battle of the Hook

"?the Cavalry?has attaqued them, pierced through and?have had a great advantage of them." Duc de Choisy to George Washington, October 3, 1781

One of the largest cavalry battles of the Revolution was fought a few miles north of Gloucester Point. The Battle of the Hook set the stage for the American victory at Yorktown.

The bottled-up British needed food. General Cornwallis instructed Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Dundas to lead a foraging party out of the Gloucester defenses. Returning with sheep, cattle, and corn in their wagons, the party was jumped near Seawell's Ordinary by a large American-French force. The Virginia militia had been joined by veteran French cavalry and marines led by two officers, the Duc de Choisy and the Duc de Lauzun. In the ensuing struggle, Colonel Banastre Tarleton, leading his legion of troops, was unhorsed but was saved by his men as the heavily laden wagons ducked into the British lines. Casualties on both sides were few but the results of the October 3, 1781, battle were critical.

General George Washington was thrilled. He congratulated the French officers for their "Judicious disposition and decisive Vigour." The British forces were trapped at Gloucester Point and could no longer forage or escape north without a fight.
HM NumberHMC9W
Placed ByNational Park Service, Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network
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Date Added Friday, September 26th, 2014 at 5:11pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 366808 N 4123703
Decimal Degrees37.25036667, -76.50183333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 15.022', W 76° 30.11'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 15' 1.32" N, 76° 30' 6.60" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1376 Vernon St, Gloucester Point VA 23062, US
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