The Gatinois Regiment took part in the combined French and American assault on the British garrison at Savannah in 1779. The regiment and colors are pictured in Van Blarenberghe’s 1786 painting of the Surrender at Yorktown. Presented by John D. Rockefeller, Jr., an honorary member of the Virginia Society.
The Sons of the Revolution in the Commonwealth of Virginia has reserved seating for 50 members and their guests (on a first come first served basis) at the base of the Victory Monument for this wonderful annual event. Activities as sponsored by the Yorktown Day Committee include the following: 8:30: Commemorative Ceremony at the French Cemetery, Yorktown Battlefield. 9:10: Commemorative Ceremony at the French Memorial honoring the French and American Alliance 9:15: Wreath laying ceremony at the grave of Governor Thomas Nelson, Jr. at Grace Episcopal Church, Yorktown. 10:30: Yorktown Day Parade, Main Street. 11:15: Patriotic Exercises and Memorial Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Monument to Alliance and Victory, Yorktown. 1:00: 3rd Infantry Old Guard Fife and Drum performance at Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center. 1:45, 3:00 & 4:00: Living History Associates will be providing programs focusing on the military aspects on the siege of Yorktown; Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center. If you are interested in attending this wonderful annual event, please notify the Society through this website. Sponsored entirely by Colonial National Historical Park and the Yorktown Day Association. For more information and additional activities, please see www.visityorktown.org.
Usually known as the Ensign of the South Carolina Navy., This flag is believed to have been designed by Colonel Gadsden of South Carolina, in 1776, for the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Navy. It was also used by various units of the American Army during the Revolution. Captain Gustavus Conyngham flew this flag on his vessels, the Surprise and the Revenge in his successful attacks on British commerce in 1777. The original flag did not survive. Presented by Robert Bolling Lancaster in memory of his ancestor, Captain Robert Bolling.
This is an example the earliest surviving documented American flag bearing 13 stars. The flag was carried by Lt. Col. Abraham Buford of the 3rd Virginia regiment and was captured on May 29, 1780, at the Battle of Waxhaws in South Carolina by British cavalryman, Lt. Col. Banastre Tarleton. The flag was presented to the Society by Lewis A. Pitzer and Andrew C. Pitzer in honor of their ancestor, Gen. Andrew Lewis.
This flag was depicted in the painting “Surrender at Yorktown” by American artist and one-time Washington aide-de-camp, John Trumbull. Presented to the Society by Pat Leary and David Leary in honor of their father, World War II veteran Richard Bierne Leary, Sr.