The Marquis de Lafayette and his outnumbered colonial troops abandoned Richmond on 27 May 1781 to avoid Gen. Charles Cornwallis's approaching forces. Lafayette marched north from Richmond through Hanover County and likely crossed the nearby North Anna River by 31 May. Cornwallis pursued Lafayette to the North Anna River the next day. There Cornwallis sent the British troops west in a two-pronged attack to destroy storehouses and attempt to capture the governor and the General Assembly in Charlottesville. Lafayette continued northward to the Rapidan River to await reinforcements.
Geographic Location: Hanover County
Physical Description of Location: Doswell, VA 23047. Located on Washington Hwy (Hwy 1), 1.6 miles north of the junction of Washington Hwy (Hwy 1) and Verdon Road. Marker is on the left when traveling north on Washington Hwy (Hwy 1).
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