Enlarge Defender of Gloucester
Panel and Park
The following information is taken from the National Park Service 150th
anniversary card available at the Colonial National Historical Park
" Brig. Gen. Isaac Jones Wistar Born November 14, 1827 in Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania. Died September 18, 1905 in Claymont, Delaware.
After the Peninsula campaign, the Union Army viewed Yorktown as
strategically valuable and too important to the nation's history to allow
the Confederates to reoccupy, so they remained in the town for the
remainder of the war. General Isaac Wistar was commander of "Fort
Yorktown" and the surrounding area from July 1863 through April 1864."
This park-like setting is the end of the hiking trail. The interpretive
marker and picnic area in the background gives a good impression of what
exists, however it should be known, there is an extremely steep and
lengthily drop-off immediately passed the earthworks in the background.
The viewers should not be deceived by the rooftops in the background.
Coming towards Gloucester Point on Highway 17 as the bridge crosses the
York River, it's possible to glance at the top of the cliff where the spot
Enlarge End of Walking Trail
The Defender of York interpretive panel is the last item on the walking
trail at the fort. This photo was taken, so the viewer can perceive just
how close the interpretive trail gets to the outbound Highway 17 bridge/toll