The James City County Historical Commission will host the Dedication of the Tomb of the Unknown Patriot Soldier of the American Revolution on Saturday, May 21, 2016, at 10:00 am. Location is the Church on the Main, James City Parish, 4692 Sir Gilbert Loop, Williamsburg, Virginia 23185.
During the Revolutionary War Battle of Green Spring, which took place in the fields and woods near Church on the Main on July 6, 1781, American forces under the command of the Marquis de Lafayette engaged the army of British Lord Cornwallis. Surviving soldiers on both sides fought again a few months later at the decisive Battle of Yorktown, 16 miles to the east, which concluded with the British surrender on October 19, 1781.
The human remains enclosed in the Tomb of the Unknown Patriot Soldier of the American Revolution were discovered in 1978 by archaeologists from the Virginia Research Center for Archaeology on the nearby Harris Plantation, three-quarters of a mile to the west of Church on the Main. It was there that the most intense combat action took place. The soldier was hurriedly buried where he fell, in a shallow pit, clothed in his waistcoat and breeches, but lacking a coffin. Based upon analysis of the bones by the Smithsonian Institution in 2015, this white male was between 23 and 28 years old. He was probably one of the 22 Pennsylvanians who died in the battle. This Patriot represents all those unknown soldiers who died for Independence.
For more information, contact Ms. Ellen Cook in the James City County Planning Division at 757-253-6685 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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