You are cordially invited to the dedication ceremony of “DUC DE LAUZUN and THE BATTLE OF THE HOOK”
“THE SIEGE OF GLOUCESTER POINT, 1781” Two Interpretive Markers.
The ceremony will be held Wednesday, October 18th 2023 from 5pm to 5:30pm at Abingdon Elementary School (Abingdon Park, 7087 Powhatan Dr, Hayes, VA 23072, a 12 minutes drive to the American Revolution Museum, Yorktown.)
All are welcome! No RSVP necessary.
The American Society of Le Souvenir Français, Inc. will proudly unveil two interpretive markers for the enlightenment and enjoyment of the thousands of tourists who visit annually one of America’s most famous battlegrounds, the site of the allied 1781 French-American victory, in cooperation with the County of Gloucester, VA, the National Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route Association, Inc. and the National Park Service.
The Battle of the Hook has often been ignored, yet it is one of the most important episode of the siege of Yorktown, when the Duc de Lauzun’s famous Legion of hussars with 300 troops of the “Infanterie de Marine”, and Lieutenant Colonel John Mercer’s Select Battalion of Grenadiers, under the overall command of Brigadier General Claude de Choisy, defeated Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton’s British Legion and a detachment of the Royal Welch Fusiliers.
Also often overlooked, the siege of Gloucester Point 1781 led to the second reddition of the British forces which took place in Gloucester on October 19th at 3:00PM, an hour later after the main surrender took place at Surrender Field in Yorktown, when Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton surrendered to the French Brigadier General M. de Choisy, local Commander of the French and American forces, thus paving the way for the end of British rule in the 13 colonies.
These interpretive markers are the latest addition to a series of markers, sculptures, and memorials interpreting Yorktown’s battlefield and its surroundings.
The American Society of Le Souvenir Français, Inc. and all the Markers Committee Members are particularly grateful to the staff of Gloucester County’s Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism and to Dr. Robert A. Selig, Ph.D, one of the leading historians of the French-American alliance during the Revolutionary War, who wrote the texts of these interpretive markers, and who will be present at this dedication.
Gloucester Markers Committee Members:
Lt Colonel Mathieu Brulais • Johnny Carawan • Thierry Chaunu • Warren Deal
W. Robert Kelly, Jr. • P.J. Lambert • Admiral Frédéric de Rupilly
Colonel Aymeric Tardieu de Maleyssie • Dr. Robert A. Selig, Ph.D. • Nicole Yancey