Campaign of 1781

Campaign of 1781 (HMH5P)

Location: West Point, VA 23181 King William County
Country: United States of America

N 37° 35.506', W 76° 53.797'

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Lafayette's Encampment

On 13 August 1781, the Marquis de Lafayette encamped his army in King William County. He placed his militia four miles east between the Pamunkey and Mattaponi Rivers and stationed his light infantry - commanded by Gen. John Peter Gabriel Muhlenburg and Lt. Col. Christian Febiger - a mile south of here. From these positions Lafayette spied on the British army under Gen. Charles Cornwallis entrenching downriver at Yorktown, and prepared to block its escape routes. Early in September, Gen. George Washington and his army arrived from the north, accompanied by Rochambeau's French forces, to join Lafayette and begin the siege of Yorktown.
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HM NumberHMH5P
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Marker NumberOC 22
Year Placed1997
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
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Date Added Thursday, September 4th, 2014 at 6:40am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 332555 N 4162213
Decimal Degrees37.59176667, -76.89661667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 35.506', W 76° 53.797'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 35' 30.36" N, 76° 53' 47.82" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 29557 King William Rd, West Point VA 23181, US
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