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On the 17th, at about 10 o'clock, the British raised a white flag on their walls, beat a parley on their drums, and the firing ceased on all sides. Then the terms of surrender were agreed upon between Washington and Cornwallis, and on the afternoo…
Yorktown Monument Commissioners , 1881R. M. Hunt, Architect, ChairmanHenry Van Brunt, Architect,J. Q. A. Ward, Sculptor———————-Oskar J. W. Hansen, Sculptor of Liberty, 1957
Front of Monument:At York on …
On your left is British Redoubt No. 10 partly reconstructed where a fragment of its moat was found in 1956. The remainder of it, as well as parts of adjacent works, was washed to sea during the 175 years of crumbling river banks.
To your left is a rebuilt trench dug to protect advancing troops from shell fire —- heavy in this open area. The trench followed a zig-zag pattern so as to keep a bank of earth between the men in the trenches and British cannonading.
The Marquis de St. Simon commanded three regiments of French infantry (Agenois, Gatinois and Touraine) brought to Virginia from the West Indies by De Grasse. After the Siege they returned to the "Islands" leaving their sick and wounded in Rochambe…
The tents of the Regiment Agenois stretched to your right in 1781 with two other French regiments Gatinois and Touraine, beyond. These men, coming from the West Indies, wore linen uniforms, light for the "cold nights" of October in Virginia.
This able French officer, who headquartered here, had heavy responsibilities. He directed the French army's march to Virginia. He planned the assault on Redoubt 9. A decade after serving the cause of Revolution here, he met his death opposing it i…
Colonel D'Aboville set up headquarters here near his artillery park. Plantation buildings then existed belonging to Secretary Nelson's "Quarter."
As ranking artillery officer in Rochambeau's command, D'Aboville played a major role in the Siege …
This simple cross is thought to mark the burial place of about 50 unidentified French soldiers killed during the Siege of Yorktown.
This important position on Washington's staff was filled by Brigadier General Edward Hand of Pennsylvania. His headquarters here were easily accessible to his commanding officer. Quick and effective dispatch of orders and communications was essent…