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    [Map - Revolutionary War]. Plan of Yorktown in Virginia and Adjacent Country, Exhibiting the operations of the American French & English armies, during the Siege of that place in Oct. 1781. Measuring 33.25" x 24", this engraved map shows Yorktown situated on the York River (Gloucester Point is seen on the opposite shore), surrounded by French and American troops to the south, British ships seen burning along the harbor to the north. The headquarters of the American and French commanders are indicated, including those of Gen. Washington, Comte de Rochambeau, the Marquis de Lafayette, Gen. Benjamin Lincoln, Gen. Henry Knox, Baron von Steuben, et al. Lines of troops and batteries of artillery are also noted in addition to British works lying outside the town. Troop movements are indicated by lines and are marked with letters; each corresponding letter is explained in the lower half of the map marked "Explanations" (surrounded by a floral border; a military panoply at the lower edge). Other features shown are forests, fields (including the field where "the British laid down their Arms"), roads, and creeks. Relief done in hachures. A small inset at upper right provides "References to the British Lines." The original map was hand-colored, attested to by the inclusion of a small engraved scroll designating the colors for the troops (in the original map) near the middle of the left edge. Several small tears at the edges have been archivally repaired; silked on the verso.

    An engraved copy [circa 1825] of the original 1782 by Sebastian Bauman map, this printing was "Drawn by Jn F. Renault with a Crow-pen and presented to the Marquis de la Fayette" and engraved by B. Tanner. The Marquis de Lafayette, who had taken part in the siege, returned for a grand tour of America in 1825.




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