Victory Monument

Victory Monument (HM6US)

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

N 37° 13.972', W 76° 30.3'

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Historic Yorktown

— Colonial National Historical Park —

"Resolved, That ? Congress ? will cause to be erected at York, in Virginia, a marble column, adorned with emblems of the alliance between the United States and his Most Christian Majesty; and inscribed with a succinct narrative of the surrender of Earl Cornwallis to his excellency General George Washington ? to his excellency the Count de Rochambeau ? and his excellency the Count de Grasse ?." Journals of Congress, October 29, 1781

Just 10 days after the victory at Yorktown, the Continental Congress directed a monument be built to commemorate the siege and the American-French alliance. However, funds were not legislated for its construction until 1880, as the continental anniversary of the battle approached.

A congressional committee of legislators from the original 13 colonies delegated oversight of the project to the Secretary of War, who in turn, chose architects, Richard M. Hunt and Henry Van Brunt, and sculptor John Quincy Adams Ward to design the new monument. The country's spirit of reconciliation in the aftermath of the Civil War affected the design, as evidenced by the inscription, "One Country, One Constitution, One Destiny" on the monument's shaft.

On October 18, 1881, the cornerstone for the monument was dedicated during events commemorating the 100th anniversary of the siege.
HM NumberHM6US
Placed ByColonial National Historical Park, National Park Service
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Date Added Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 6:35pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 366496 N 4121766
Decimal Degrees37.23286667, -76.50500000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 13.972', W 76° 30.3'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 13' 58.32" N, 76° 30' 18.00" W
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Area Code(s)757
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2101 Zweybrucken Rd, Yorktown VA 23690, US
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