Key Battle Ground
Founded in 1691 by English colonists, Yorktown grew to be of strategic import because of its harbor on Virginia’s James River.
Key battles were waged here during both the Revolutionary War and the Civil War.
The American side under the leadership of George Washington defeated the British at Yorktown on October 19, 1781. This ended major hostilities and signaled the American victory in the Revolutionary War, even though the War did not officially end for another year.
Today Yorktown is not what it used to be, with a population of about 200. Now, many tourists flock here, along with nearby Williamsburg and Jamestown, seeking to learn about American history.
To be balanced between wars, this 1863 Johnson map of eastern Virginia highlights Civil War battles.
Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.
Visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Fun with Maps here on Loveland Beacon.