Washington Crossing

Plaque sponsored by the Society of the Founders of Norwich, Connecticut

Located on 173 North Main Street (N.P.U property)

Springtime is approaching in 1781 and so also is the beginning of the end for England’s war against American independence. General Washington visits Norwich, then one of our largest cities, on his way to Newport to plan strategy with General Rochambeau, commander of 6,000 French soldiers sent by Kind Louis XVI. Admiral Grasse’s French navy gains control of Chesapeake waters just as English General Cornwallis sets up camp at Yorktown, Virginia. Combined French and U.S. armies trap Cornwallis by land as Admiral Grasse prevents an escape by sea. General Cornwallis surrenders 8,000 English soldiers on October 17, 1781. English realizes U.S. independence is inevitable and agrees to a peace treaty signed in Paris on September 3, 1783.