In the campaign of 1781, the Marquis de Lafayette marched through the Wilderness to rendezvous with Brig. Gen. "Mad Anthony" Wayne. On 3 June 1781, Lafayette's army camped south of the Wilderness Bridge across Wilderness Run from Ellwood. The next day, Lafayette reconnoitered Ely's Ford while the army crossed Germanna Ford to reach Culpeper Church. Afterward Lafayette marching south, recrossed the Rapidian River. During his Grand American Tour, Lafayette retraced his campaign and visited the Wilderness twice. In November 1824, Lafayette attended a reception at the Wilderness Tavern, and in August 1825 he breakfasted at Ellwood.
Original Sponsor: Virginia Society of the Sons of the American Revolution
Geographic Location: Orange County
Physical Description of Location: Intersection of Constitution Highway (Route 20) and State Route 720, Locust Grove, VA 22508. Marker is on right when traveling north on 20. State Route 720 is entrance to Ellwood.
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