Sunday, March 1, 2009

The Yorktown Surrender Field



The picture above, which can be enlarged by clicking on it, is the place where the world turned upside down. This is the Surrender Field in Yorktown, Virginia. On October 19, 1781, British troops under Lord Cornwallis marched down the lane between the fences and surrendered to the combined American and French forces under George Washington. Tradition holds that as the British troops approached the field their fifes played the tune "The World Turned Upside Down".

7 comments:

Your EG Tour Guide said...

It's such a pretty spot for some upside-down word-turning history. ;-)

Busy Bee Suz said...

A beautiful and historic picture George!

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

Excellent photo, George, and thanks for the mini-history. I was born in a Texas town with the same name, Yorktown. Now I wonder how/why the Texas town got its name. Guess I'll have to do some research.

Carletta said...

This blog is off to a great start George!
Yorktown wasn't far from where I used to live. Our school actually took the kids on field trips there.

I love the rose below!

Denise said...

Hi George, I am enjoying your new blog. The header photo of you both is a lovely photo. I hope to go to Yorktown this summer. We have been to Jamestown and enjoyed that very much. We also live 15minutes away from the Manassas Civil War Battlefield and have gone there several times. This photo reminds me of it. Enjoyed your post.

SandyCarlson said...

I love this part of Virginia. I swear it is haunted. There is some kind of spirit lingering there.

Rose said...

Beautiful part of our world.