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Revolutionary War Campaign of 1781--Mechunk Creek W-205 | Marker History

Revolutionary War Campaign of 1781–Mechunk Creek Marker, W-205

After reinforcements from Brig. Gen. "Mad" Anthony Wayne arrived on 10 June 1781, the Marquis de Lafayette moved south from his camp on the Rapidan River to prevent further raids by Gen. Charles Cornwallis's British troops encamped at Elk Hill. By 13 June, Lafayette had occupied a position along the Mechunk Creek to challenge any British advance toward Charlottesville and Staunton. Lafayette and his troops reached this position by secretly repairing an abandoned road and were able to travel undetected. Cornwallis and his army left Elk Hill on 15 June marching toward Richmond, and Lafayette followed on a parallel course north of the British.

Marker Information:
Additional Information: Marker was relocated to current site in Fluvanna county in 2014 to accurately reflect event location.
Year On Marker: 2000
Region: Blue Ridge and Central Piedmont Region
Geographic Location: Fluvanna County
Physical Description of Location: 481 Richmond Rd, Keswick, VA 22947. Marker is located on left when traveling east on US 250 (Richmond Road) just past junction with VA 759.
GPS Location: 37.985353, -78.319706
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