• Yorktown Battlefield

    Yorktown Battlefield

    Part of Colonial National Historical Park Virginia

Union Units at Yorktown 1862

ARMY OF THE POTOMAC
Major General George B. McClellan

General Headquarters

Provost Guard

2d U.S. Cavalry
Battalion, 8th U.S. Infantry
Battalion, 17th U.S. Infantry

Guards and Orderlies

A and E, 4th U.S. Cavalry
Independent Company, Oneida Cavalry
Sturges' Rifles

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Source: Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Series 1, Volume 11

Did You Know?

18-pounder siege gun

Artillery played a decisive role in defeating the British at Yorktown. According to Brigadier General Henry Knox, the American artillery commander, the Americans and French fired 15,437 artillery rounds at the British during the eight day bombardment. This is an average of 1.2 shots a minute!