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Campaign of 1781--Lafayette's Encampment OC-22 | Marker History

Campaign of 1781–Lafayette’s Encampment Marker, OC-22

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.

Marker Information:
Year On Marker: 1997
Region: Northern Neck-Middle Peninsula and Eastern Shore Region
Geographic Location: King William County
Physical Description of Location: West Point, VA 23181. Located on King William Road (Rt. 30), 7.5 miles northwest of the junction of King William Road (Rt. 30) and 14th Street (Rt. 33). Marker is on the right when traveling northwest on King William Road (Rt. 30).
GPS Location: 37.591767,-76.896611
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