This Month In County History

Lafayette's troops at Elkridge Landing

April 15, 2005

The Marquis de Lafayette's troops camped at Elkridge Landing, then a river port, April 17-19, 1781. The famed French political and military figure had joined the American cause for independence four years earlier and was named a major general in the Colonial army.

From Elkridge, Lafayette's soldiers made their way to Yorktown, Va., where they fought the concluding battles of the war, helping to contain British Gen. Charles Cornwallis' forces while the British Navy was being defeated off the coast. Joined by Gen. George Washington, the Colonial forces forced Cornwallis' surrender on Oct. 19, 1781.

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