Washington ~ Rochambeau Wagon Route

Washington ~ Rochambeau Wagon Route (HMQWI)

Location: Woodbridge, VA 22192 Prince William County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 42.96', W 77° 21.576'

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In September 1781, General George Washington directed the repair and clearing of roads leading to and from Wolf Run Shoals, the main ford of the Occoquan River, located seven miles upstream from the main ferry at Colchester. Prince William and Fairfax militia men accomplished this arduous task, allowing Washington's Continental Army and Rochambeau's French Expeditionary Force, complete with wagon trains and artillery, to cross Occoquan on September 27, 1781, en route to the Battle of Yorktown. The road and ford continued to be used after the Revolutionary War. During the Civil War, defensive trenches and artillery batteries guarded the crossing. The ford became part of State Road 610 until flooded by the construction of Ryons Hydroelectric Dam in the late 1920s.
Series This marker is part of the The Washington-Rochambeau Route series, and the Virginia: Prince William County Historical Commission series.
Year Placed2006
Placed ByPrince William County Historical Commission
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Date Added Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 9:04pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 294851 N 4287904
Decimal Degrees38.71600000, -77.35960000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 42.96', W 77° 21.576'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 42' 57.60" N, 77° 21' 34.56" W
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Area Code(s)703
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5129-5177 Wolf Run Shoals Rd, Woodbridge VA 22192, US
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