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Dr. Robert Selig on North From Williamsburg: The movement of the French forces from Yorktown in 1782 back to New England
September 22, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pmFree
Come join the National Park Service at Yorktown Battlefield as we welcome historian and expert on “The Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route,” Dr Robert A. Selig. Dr. Selig is a long-time historical adviser to the National Park Service and the definitive source for insight to the soldiers under the command of Compte de Rochambeau.
This talk will focus on the march of French forces north from Williamsburg in July 1782, some of the logistical issues these forces faced, and the question of how to identify the eighteenth-century road patterns on modern maps. While most are familiar with the iconic battle at Yorktown, October 1781, few understand the “logistics miracle” that made it all possible, ultimately bringing us to independence, September 3rd, 1783.
This talk will take place at the Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center at 2:00 PM, September 22, 2018. Reservations are not required. Seating is first-come-first-served so early arrival is encouraged. September 22nd is also a Federal Fee-Free day so admissions to all National Parks are waived for September 22nd. And lastly, there is no fee for this program. So, if you are a professional military historian, armchair historian, or just interested in the American Revolution, join us at the battlefield to hear Dr Selig regale you with stuff you never knew, you never knew!
Partial funding for this program provided by The National Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route Association (www.W3R-US.org), trail partner to the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail.
For further information, visit www.nps.gov/colo/york, or call (757) 898-2410.