Lord Cornwallis, commanding the British troops in the south, reached Portsmouth, July, 1781. He prepared to send a portion of his force to New York. Before the movement was made, orders came for him to take up a position at Old Point. Cornwallis selected Yorktown, however, and Portsmouth was abandoned.
Geographic Location: Portsmouth
Physical Description of Location: 301-599 Crawford Parkway, Portsmouth, VA 23704. Marker is in park like median away from river near intersection with Court Street.
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