America's March to Yorktown (AMtY)
Enters Virginia,
20-23 September 2006

Marchers on Key Bridge, crossing the Potomac from Georgetown (DC) to Rosslyn (VA) on 23 September 2006. Photo taken by Chuck Hagee, as used in the 20 Spetember 2006 The Arlington Connection.

The AMtY marchers are followed by representatives of local Boy Scout troops, as well as W3R and DAR associations from the District of Columbia. The Marcher's broad mission is described at their own website: ‘America's March to Yorktown (AMtY) -- 2006'.

Marchers, just after leaving Key Bridge, proceeding to Welcoming Ceremonies at Rosslyn Gateway Park.

The AMtY marchers consist of a small group that is retracing on foot, as much as possible, the historic movement of the French Army under comte de Rochambeau from Newport (RI) to join George Washington's American Army north of New York City. From there, the re enactment march retraces the overland portion of both the American and French armies in 1781 from positions near New York City to Yorktown, Virginia, as one of the essential parts of the 1781 Yorktown Campaign. Actually, after Anapolis, MD, the allied march overland comprised a wagon train and the French cavalry. The allied infantry regiments and artillery components were conveyed from Anapolis to the Yorktown area by boats. However, the entire French force did march back north in early 1782, using essentially the same campsites.
This ‘commemorative march' marks the 225th Anniversary of the historic one. It is part of a broader effort to support the establishment of a 600-mile ‘Washington - Rochambeau Revolutionary Route' [often abbreviated as ‘W3R'] as an US ‘Historic Trail – an initiative inaugurated on Dec. 16th, 2000 at Washington's Headquarters in Newburgh, NY. "This effort includes coordinating with Francophone commissions that unite French cultural groups with American veteran's organizations, historical groups, and other volunteers to provide a Nationally recognized Historical Trail that would outline a self-guided auto route, hiking trails, visitors centers, appropriate signage, and associated literature. The literature and signage will include original campsites, historical sites and other local points of interest along the route."

Further information on the commemoration of the 225th Anniversary of the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route is at

Further historical background on this event can be viewed at the following webpages:


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Page posted as working draft 25 September 2006, revised 7 October 2006..