Richard Morris Hunt's Yorktown Memorial
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Yorktown Memorial 
Dedicated 1880 
Richard Morris Hunt, architect 
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The Yorktown monument which stands 95 feet high is in  memory of  the French-American victory of over the British during the American Revolution.  Generals Washington, Rochambeau, the Comte de Grasse, and the Marquis de Lafayette laid a successful siege to Lord Cornwallis and his troops who had been held up waited in vain to be rescued by an expected British flotilla. In October 1781 Lord Cornwallis surrendered. The victory would bring the end of the war and seal the Declaration of Independence as the birth document of the United States. 

The Continental Congress, in appreciation, gave its ok to erect a monument right after the fact, but it was never built. 

It's was fitting that the  architect that helped, in some way, design some of the the public buildings in Paris when he was working under Hector Lefuel, would now be the architect for the monument which commemorated the joint effort for America's independence. On the eve of the centennial President Chester B. Arthur laid cornerstone. 

Right after this, Hunt was chosen to design the base of the Statue of Liberty (a gift of the French people). 

Yorktown is a small historic village right on the York River in eastern Virginia. It is 62 miles southeast of Richmond and is part of the Colonial National Historic Park. 

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    Date: Thu, 11 Jul 2002 

    Nice writeup on the Yorktown Battlefield Memorial by Hunt - but you neglected to tell us who the lady on the top of the monument is supposed to be???  Any clues?


    From: Natasha

    No clues as to the woman at top nor the reliefs at the base. Sorry. My info is from the World Book.


    By:  Natasha Wallace
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    Created 12/28/2000
    Updated 7/11/2002