National Geographic : 1939 Sep
Photograph byWillard R.Culver COLORS STILL FLYING, THE GRAND FRENCH BATTERY AT YORKTOWN LOOKS TODAY AS ITDID IN1781 As a unit in the first parallel that encircled the British army, it helped silence enemy artillery and force the surrender ofLord Cornwallis. The gun inthefore ground is a French stone mortar used during the siege. The three cannon in the background are American cast-iron guns of1797. The red, white, and blue flag at the left was flown by the Gatinois Regiment, which served with gallantry and distinction at Yorktown. The French Royal flag, onthetraverse (right), was flown by the French troops in America. The United States National Park Service restored the battery in 1935.