Portsmouth has always been an important ship building area.
When the Confederates were forced to retreat they burned their warship rather than allow the Union to take possession.
The Confederate soldiers had to sign an Oath of Allegiance to regain American citizenship. They had to swear to adhere to and support the Emancipation Proclamation.
Starting in 1819 Lightships were used to provide beacons of light for inland waters.
They were replaced by Texas Towers and buoys.
German Warship interned in 1915.
German sailors in the Norfolk Navy Yard.
A town was built for the Germans, when we entered WW I they were prisoners of war and sent to Georgia.
400,000 women served in the military. Women on the home front took on jobs the men had before going to war.
Yorktown National Historic Site was the site of the last major battle of the American Revolution.
The French dressed in white, joined the colonists in battle against Britain.
For defense they built earthen walls or trenches and used gabions, bottomless baskets filled with dirt to strengthen the walls to withstand cannonballs.
When Cornwallis realized he was completely surrender and he could not retreat he surrendered.
Moore House where the surrender terms were worked on between the British and colonists.
Room terms were worked on.
Interesting story a out the Surrender Ceremony, what Cornwallis and Washington did NOT do! But I won't go into that.
George Washington established the Purple Heart after this Battle.
Monument commemorating the victory at Yorktown.
Cross is the burial site of 50 unknown French soldiers.
We stayed at Anvil Campground, Williamsburg, VA. We stayed here 2 1/2 years ago. Checking in was a bit confusing. We were told to go to site 64. Someone was there. Then go to 66. Same thing. After checking for a site that was empty we finally got settled.