• Yorktown Battlefield

    Yorktown Battlefield

    Part of Colonial National Historical Park Virginia

Forests

Aerial view of Yorktown forest
Aerial view of forest on Yorktown Battlefield
Chuck Rafkind
 
Three types of forests grow on parklands. These include the pine, mixed pine and hardwood and hardwood forest types. Loblolly and Virginia pine is the dominant species. A number of hardwood species exist in both the wet and dry areas of the park. The dry species include tulip poplar, white oak, willow oak, black cherry, red oak and hickory. Hardwood species found in the wet or poorly drained soils include sweet gum, white ash, red maple, black walnut, black gum and sycamore.

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!