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Celebration at Yorktown, : correspondence and vouchers

Celebration at Yorktown, : correspondence and vouchers, 1824-1825
Celebration at Yorktown,
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correspondence and vouchers
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  • These records are part of Auditor of Public Accounts. Disbursements to Localities and Individuals: Local Government Expenses - Celebrations
  • This series contains the following records: Act Authorizing Payment of Expenses, 1825, 1 item; Correspondence, 1824, 3 items; Vouchers, 1824-1825, 2 in. Correspondence is from Robert G. Scott to Dr. Jesse Cole, Oct. 7, 1824, regarding Cole's payment of $1,000 for workers; W. Boatwright to H. Butler, Oct. 11, 1824, regarding a servant Boatwright sent to assist at General Nelson's house, and James Warrell to Gov. James Pleasants, Oct. 24, 1824, asking for payment. The vouchers are principally from William Boatwright, agent for the Military Committee of Superintendance for the event
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The Marquis de LaFayette toured the United States in 1824 and 1825, and in honor of his visit to Virginia, a celebration was held at Yorktown on 19 October 1824. For the celebration a triumphal arch, two obelisks with reliefs, an amphitheater, and a large marquee were constructed. Other decorations consisted of transparencies (historical scenes painted on cloth and illuminated by candlelight) executed by James Warrell (born ca. 1780; died before 1854.) Military forces at the celebration included five hundred United States troops and several county militia companies. The vouchers in this series show that large quantities of foodstuffs, beverages, china, cutlery, and even furniture were purchased for this event. The General Assembly passed an act on 25 January 1825 authorizing the state to assume the cost of the celebration, which totaled $10,178.04.
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Auditor of Public Accounts inventory
Celebration at Yorktown, : correspondence and vouchers
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