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Lafayette to be honored with Va. marker

Wednesday - 9/12/2012, 11:32am  ET

SPOTSYLVANIA, Va. - An ally in support of the American War of Independence will be honored with a Virginia historical marker this week.

The marker honoring French Gen. Marquis de Lafayette and his military campaign will be dedicated Saturday in Spotsylvania.

Lafayette and his soldiers camped June 2, 1781, in Spotsylvania County. He commanded more than 3,000 Continental soldiers and militia.

Lafayette's campaign was critical in the broader effort of Gen. George Washington and American forces to pin down the British army at its base in Yorktown. The British surrendered in October 1781, ending the War of Independence.

The Mine Run Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is hosting the dedication.

Virginia has more than 2,200 historical markers statewide, honoring notable places, people and events.


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