American Encampment

American Encampment (HM6ZL)

Location: Yorktown, VA 23690 York County
Country: United States of America

N 37° 12.717', W 76° 29.512'

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1781 Siege of Yorktown

— Colonial National Historical Park —

"The American troops encamped in a wood within a mile of the Enemy's left line - and the French troops encamped on their right."
Lieutenant William Feltman, Pennsylvania Battalion, September 28, 1781


On September 28, 1781, as General Washington's army marched within a mile of Yorktown, the various brigades were assigned locations for their camps, hospitals, and artillery parks.

Some of those camps filled these woods as soldiers carried out essential activities for the siege. Washington described in his diary the work done behind the scenes prior to the construction of the First Allied Siege Line:
"Much diligence was used in debarking and transporting the Stores, Cannon, & Ca. from Trebells Landing (distant 6 Miles) on James Rivr. To Camp; which for want of Teams went on heavily and in preparing Fascines, Gabions & ca. for the Siege ? "

Routine tasks, such as guard duty, repairing equipment, setting up tents, and preparing meals, also occupied the soldiers' days as they prepared for a prolonged siege.
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HM NumberHM6ZL
Series This marker is part of the The Washington-Rochambeau Route series
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Placed ByColonial National Historical Park, National Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, September 14th, 2014 at 2:52pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 367624 N 4119427
Decimal Degrees37.21195000, -76.49186667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 12.717', W 76° 29.512'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 12' 43.02" N, 76° 29' 30.72" W
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Area Code(s)757
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 325-349 Battlefield Tour Road, Yorktown VA 23690, US
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