Yorktown Victory Center

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200 Water St, Yorktown, VA, USA
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The Birth of America by the Seige of Yorktown Apr 25, 2008
The Yorktown Victory Center is an excellent venue to explore and discover the decisive point and culmination point of the Revolutionary War which gave birth to the independent country of the United States of America. The allied commanders, General George Washington of the Colonialists and French General Count de Rochambeau defeated the British forces led by aristocratic General Charles Cornwallis on October 19, 1781. This date is generally considered the end of the Revolutionary War.

Still visible through reconstruction in the 1930's are The Fusiliers Redoubt (reconstructed), a position which supported the right side of the British main line directly across the York River from Gloucester Point. Also visible are the reconstructed British Redoubts (9 taken by the French and 10 by the Colonialists) along with the first and second Allied Seige Lines.

The termination point at Surrender Field/Surrender Row is a quick drive down the road. There is a gift shop, restrooms, a diorama of the battlefield, a British ship replica, and memorabilia from the battle inside the Yorktown Victory Visitors Center. The Fusiliers Redoubt, historic town of Yorktown and the Victory Memorial are also a short drive from the Victory Center which is a modern, airconditioned structure.

Many restored howitzers, mortars, seige guns and cannons are scattered across the defensive and seige lines. The sharpened wood poles to prevent infantry assaults have been replaced with concrete replicas. The York River has erroded away some of the areas like the Fusiliers Redoubt and Redoubt 10.

Walk the same battlefields that shaped the early days of George Washington, our first President and the independence of America from British rule. Visit the Battlefields of Yorktown and the Yorktown Victory Center and the keynote of American history.
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tj1777 says:
Interesting review - I am thinking about going there this fall when I fly into DC.
Posted on: Apr 28, 2008
jennjeff1 says:
Actually Vance, I thought it would be scarrier that more soldiers died from disease than from fighting...plus you can see the seige guns surrounding you from the defensive line at Yorktown so those howitzers were within range! Not too much fun to see the enemy on all sides and know they can reach out and touch you...guess that's why Cornwallis had to surrender before Hood could arrive from New York with reinforcements. ~Jeff
Posted on: Apr 26, 2008
vances says:
Great review, but kinda scary to comprehend that howitzers were around in the 18th century!
Posted on: Apr 26, 2008
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