The Grand French Battery

The Grand French Battery (HM6Z1)

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

N 37° 13.404', W 76° 30.386'

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First Allied Siege Line

The Grand French Battery formed part of the first Allied siege line around Yorktown. French and American soldiers worked through the night of October 6, 1781, to establish the line from a point about one hundred yards to your left (across the road) to the York River.

Largest gun emplacement built during the siege, the Grand French Battery opened fire on October 10 and inflicted great damage on the British. A French officer noted that " ? the superiority of the fire of these different batteries over those of the enemy, silenced the firing from the town." ? This superiority in artillery contributed greatly to Allied victory.

The National Park Service has reconstructed most of the Grand French Battery on its original site and equipped it with original and replica Revolutionary War period artillery.
HM NumberHM6Z1
Placed ByColonial National Historical Park, National Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 3:34am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 366352 N 4120718
Decimal Degrees37.22340000, -76.50643333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 13.404', W 76° 30.386'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 13' 24.24" N, 76° 30' 23.16" W
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Area Code(s)757
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 132 State Rte 704, Yorktown VA 23690, US
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