From the Program-
Historical Background of Victory Day
"On December 14, 1782, the besieged British garrison on the Charlestown peninsula requested a cease fire to march out of the city in retreat to their ships in the harbor. There were more British soldiers making their retreat than those who surrendered to General George Washington at Yorktown on October 19, 1781. A British armada of over 10 warships and 140 armed evacuation ships waited in Charlestown Harbor. The last of the organized British forces in America south of New York City were escorted to their evacuation ships by General Anthony Wayne's Continental Regiment of mounted dragoons. Later in the day the Southern Continental Army led a liberation parade into the city, beginning a tradition of celebration of this historic event that we continue to this day."
Posted on December 28, 2019
Rebecca Motte Chapter, NSDAR. Created 4/20/2012. Updated 1/23/2020.
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