Battle of the Capes Monument


The Battle of the Capes Monument commemorates a key event in America's War of Independence. In September 1781, a French fleet led by Admiral Comte de Grasse attacked and defeated a fleet of British ships off the coast of Virginia. The damaged British fleet limped north to New York instead of bringing much-needed reinforcement to Lord Cornwallis' troops at Yorktown. The monument sits at the Cape Henry Memorial at Fort Story near the First Landing Cross that commemorates the arrival of European colonials. Admission is free, and access to the monument is year-round. The Battle of the Capes Monument is located at the Cape Henry Memorial at Fort Story. Go north on Atlantic Avenue and turn right at the sign indicating the east gate of Fort Story.


Fort Story
Virginia Beach, VA 23451


36.92805600, -76.00833300
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