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    Washington-Rochambeau National Historic Trail

    National Historic Trail MA,RI,CT,NY,NJ,PA,DE,MD,VA,DC


1776 etching

Prints & Photographs Division, Library of Congress, LC-USZ62-112159

The War for Independence
The War for Independence was the result of political clashes between Great Britain and the American colonists. The War for Independence lasted eight and a half years, with successes and defeats on both sides. America looked to another enemy of the British, France, for help in their struggle for independence. The American and French alliance would lead to victory.

Surrender painting small

Yale University Art Gallery, Trumbull Collection

The Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route
The Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail is over 680 miles of land and water trails that follow the route taken by General Washington and General Rochambeau to and from the siege of Yorktown, a pivotal event in the War for Independence. The NHT passes through Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and what is now Washington, D.C.

Did You Know?


Revolutionary War veteran Joseph Plumb Martin, in his 1830 memoir, recounted the storming of Redoubt 10, “While crossing the trench, the enemy threw hand grenades (small shells) into it…As I mounted the breastwork, I met an old associate hitching himself down in the trench; I knew him by the light of the enemy’s musketry, it was so vivid. The fort was taken, and all was quiet in a very short time.”