The 1781 Siege of Yorktown
— Colonial National Historical Park —The extreme left of the American and French lines, commanded by the Marquis de Saint-Simon, was held by a French artillery battery. On October 9, it became the first battery of siege guns to fire on the British, aiming at the nearby Royal Welch Fusiliers Redoubt. The French also effectively used this position to help contain the British within their defensive lines and to harass British ships anchored between Yorktown and Gloucester Point. On October 10, using superheated cannon balls, called hot shot, the French battery set fire to three British ships. Following the British surrender, General Washington extended commendations to the Marquis de Saint-Simon and his troops: "The military ardour and perfect discipline for which they [Saint-Simon's troops] have been conspicuous ? Have secured you the esteem of the country ?"
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|Placed By||Colonial National Historical Park, National Park Service|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Sunday, September 7th, 2014 at 2:48pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 365049 N 4122651|
|Decimal Degrees||37.24063333, -76.52146667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 37° 14.438', W 76° 31.288'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||37° 14' 26.28" N, 76° 31' 17.28" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 395 Fusiliers Redoubt Ramp, Yorktown VA 23690, US|
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