Nearby, late in the afternoon of 6 July 1781, Gen. Charles Cornwallis and cavalry commander Col. Banastre Tarleton with 5,000 British and Hessian troops clashed with 800 American troops commanded by Brig. Gen. "Mad" Anthony Wayne and the Marquis de Lafayette. Believing that the main British force was across the James River, and that he was attacking Cornwallis's rear guard, Wayne soon realized that he was facing far superior numbers. He startled the advancing British forces by charging them, exchanging volleys, and then withdrawing his troops from encirclement and certain defeat. Dusk prevented Cornwallis from pursuing the Americans.
Geographic Location: James City County
Physical Description of Location: 2590 Greensprings Rd Williamsburg, VA 23185. Located on Greensprings Road, 0.5 miles north of the junction of Greensprings Road and Jamestown Road (Rt. 31). Marker is on the right when traveling north on Greensprings Road.
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