• Yorktown Battlefield

    Yorktown Battlefield

    Part of Colonial National Historical Park Virginia

Colonel Joseph Vose

Vose, Joseph. 1738-1816.

Joseph Vose began his military career as a major in Heath's Massachusetts Regiment. On January 1, 1777, he became colonel of the 1st Massachusetts Regiment. Vose participated in the Monmouth Campaign, as part of George Washington's army. The regiment then moved north and participated in operations around Newport, Rhode Island.

In February 1781, "the eight eldest companies" of Massachusetts troops were formed into a battalion and placed under the command of Vose. This battalion was placed in Lafayette's Division and participated in the military operations in Virginia in 1781. In a reorganization of the American army in June 1783, Vose was given command of one of the Massachusetts regiments whose enlistments had not expired. He led this regiment into New York City on Evacuation Day, November 25, 1783.

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Yorktown National Cemetery

During the Civil War, 632 Union dead were buried in the heart of the 1781 battlefield. In 1866 this cemetery became a national cemetery. Within a 50 mile radius, the remains of over 1500 Union soldiers were disinterred from their war burials and honorably placed in the Yorktown National Cemetery.