President Obama designated portions of Fort Monroe a National Monument in 2011, his first exercise of this authority under the Antiquities Act. It guarded navigation of the Chesapeake Bay and Hampton Roads. Former Confederate President Jefferson Davis was imprisoned here for two years.
The Yorktown monument was commissioned by the Continental Congress in 1781 to commemorate the great victory. A 95-foot monument, it commemorates the French-American victory when generals Washington, Rochambeau, the Comte de Grasse, and the Marquis de Lafayette defeated Lord Cornwallis, who waited to be rescued by an expected British flotilla. The Continental Congress agreed to […]