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Commemoration of General Wayne's Crossing Day
- Date: 06/01/2019 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
- Location: Loudoun County Courthouse
18 E Market Street
Leesburg, Virginia 20176
The Fairfax Resolves Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution, would like to extend a heartfelt invitation to commemorate Wayne’s Crossing and wreath laying ceremony on Saturday, June 1, at 11:00 AM at the Spirit of Loudoun Revolutionary War Memorial on the courthouse grounds in Leesburg, VA. In the event of inclement weather the commemoration will be moved to St. James Episcopal Church’s Fellowship Hall hosted by the Rev. Mark Feathers.
History: General Wayne crossed the Potomac with his brigade of 700 Pennsylvania troops on May 31, 1781 at Noland's Ferry in Loudoun County and marched through Leesburg on June 3, 1781. General Wayne’s troops provided the critical reinforcements for Lafayette's army in Virginia, which had been in retreat from the larger army of Cornwallis prior to his arrival. Wayne’s troops joined Lafayette on June 10th and by mid-June, Cornwallis had turned his army toward the Virginia coast. General Wayne, leading the advance forces of Lafayette's army and augmented by 200 Virginia riflemen, engaged Cornwallis at the Battle of Green Spring on July 6th, as Cornwallis prepared to make the difficult crossing of the James River. The Battle of Green Spring was the largest infantry engagement to occur in Virginia during the war, leading to the withdrawal of Cornwallis to Yorktown and the end of the war a few months later.