August 19, 2003
Colonial Williamsburg Presents "Prelude to Victory," Washington Prepares Troops for the Battle of Yorktown Aug. 29-31
General George Washington maps out strategies for defeating British troops during Colonial Williamsburg’s weekend re-enactment, “Prelude to Victory: Washington Prepares for the 1781 Siege of Yorktown,” Aug. 29-31. The popular program re-creates the events leading up to the Battle of Yorktown.
The entrance of advance units of Washington’s army into Colonial Williamsburg signals the beginning of the annual re-enactment Labor Day weekend. While the advance group prepares for the arrival of the remainder of Washington’s troops, several programs throughout the weekend tell the little-known story of African-American patriots of the Rhode Island Regiment.
The reading of Washington’s orders at the Courthouse begins the army’s tasks Saturday morning, while Washington’s staff formulates strategies for the siege. Washington addresses his troops and issues final marching orders as the army prepares to leave for Yorktown at 5 p.m. Sunday.
The weekend is filled with evidence of military prowess by the Continental Army troops, including artillery practice and musket drills. Dragoons or cavalry demonstrate horsemanship and field maneuvers. Military music also echoes throughout the Historic Area.
Weekend highlights include:
Friday, Aug. 29
Saturday, Aug. 30
Sunday, Aug. 31
A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket is required to attend all of these programs.
Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that operates the restored 18th-century capital of Virginia. Known worldwide as the nation’s largest living history museum, Colonial Williamsburg recently was recognized as the “Best Historic Site” by readers of Southern Living magazine for the seventh straight year. Colonial Williamsburg is located 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information or reservations, call toll-free (800) HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s web site at www.ColonialWilliamsburg.org.