In honor of “Hamilton” premiering in Washington, D.C., join us at The Lyceum: Alexandria’s History Museum on Thursday, June 21 for an evening exploring the uniforms from the different nationalities that converged on Yorktown in 1781. Chris Daley, historical clothing manager for the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation will give you the opportunity to try on and compare uniform coats of the French, German and American armies, and coats worn by African Americans serving with the British army. Each coat has been carefully researched and painstakingly reproduced in several sizes to help bring the Siege of Yorktown to life. Bring a camera and take photos of yourself and family members in the uniforms of the Revolutionary War.
On October 14, 1781, Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Hamilton, commander of a light infantry division under General Marquis de Lafayette, led a successful assault of Redoubt 10 at the flank of the British defensive line. Five days later, the British surrendered in what was to be the last major battle of the American Revolution. Hamilton fought with and against soldiers from America, France, England, and Germany and the siege provided a snapshot of the great scope of what was in many ways a world war. This event includes a reception with beer, wine, and light refreshments. The reception begins at 7 p.m. with the program beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at Shop.AlexandriaVA.gov/Events or by calling 703-746-4994.