Friday, July 5, 2013

Historic Yorktown, Virginia

Yorktown is where the final battle of the American Revolution was fought and (obviously) won. It was there that General George Washington and the allied forces (France) overwhelmed General Cornwallis’ British army to victory, thus ensuring American independence. 

There is a small museum that has good information (as well as a 15-minute movie) and one really cool, thing – George Washington’s tent from the victory at Yorktown. George Washington’s grandson acquired the tent, then it eventually was inherited by his daughter (who, incidentally, was the wife of Robert E. Lee).  At the start of the Civil War, the Lee family gave the tent to a slave named Selina Gray. In 1861, during the Civil War, Ms. Gray alerted General Irvin McDowell about their existence and he had them secured at the U.S Patent Office which eventually returned them to the Gray family in 1901 who eventually donated them to the National Park Service. 

Also in the museum was a 1770 flag that was carried into battle ~ amazing what good shape it’s in so many years later!

We then drove the 7-miles of battlefield where the final battle took place, noting that one can still see the trenches and redoubts built hundreds of years ago!

Eventually we came upon the Moore house –

this is the room where the agreement to surrender the battle was hashed-out. Incidentally, it was not Generals Washington & Cornwallis that sat in this room, rather they each sent two representatives.

Finally, the monument erected 100-years later, signifying the importance of Yorktown in the ending of the American Revolution.

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