Monday, April 9, 2007

Yorktown, Virginia

The Battle of Yorktown was the climax of the Revolutionary War. The combined forces of General Washington, General Rochambeau, Admiral de Grasse, and General Lafayette all converged on the greatest concentration of British troops in America.On October 19, 1781, a British army under General Charles Lord Cornwallis was forced to surrender to General Washington’s combined American and French army. The victory secured independence for the United States and significantly changed the course of world history.

This is the Moore House where the British surrendered to the American and French Armies.
This is the room where George Washington met with Cornwallis to accept the British surrender.

Naval ships played a vital role in the American fight for freedom. I liked all the different kinds of cannons on the various battlefields and in the museums.

Fortunately the best use now for these cannons is for a bear playground!
This is a mortar cannon.
Don't fire now!
Here I am next to George Washington. He was very tall!
I can't remember what these baskets are called, but they were used to build the earthwork defenses. They were first filled with rocks and then covered with dirt to make the earthen berms.
This is the Victory Monument in Yorktown. As we were walking back to the truck we heard pipes and drums. It turned out to be a group of school kids marching up the street, practicing for this years big events commemorating the 400 year birthday of the United States.
This is Anya. She was our tour Guide at Yorktown. She is here from Moscow, Russia for training with the US Parks Department. I liked her accent.

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