Social Studies - 2017-18

VS.5c - Battle of Great Bridge, Jack Jouett, and Yorktown

The student will demonstrate knowledge of the role of Virginia in the American Revolution by

c)  identifying the importance of the Battle of Great Bridge, the ride of Jack Jouett, and the American victory at Yorktown.

Bloom's Level: Understand

Adopted: 2008


War is a major conflict between groups of people, nations, or states.

In a war, the outcome of a battle is often determined by the amount of land gained or lost, or the number of lives lost.

One person can affect the outcome of important events.


The Battle of Great Bridge was the first land battle fought in Virginia during the American Revolution.

The actions of Jack Jouett prevented the capture of key members of the Virginia General Assembly.

The last major battle of the Revolutionary War was fought at Yorktown, Virginia.

What was the importance of the Battle of Great Bridge?

Who was Jack Jouett?

What was the importance of the American victory at Yorktown?


Determine cause-and-effect relationships. (VS.1b)

Draw conclusions and make generalizations. (VS.1d)

Sequence events in Virginia history. (VS.1f)

Analyze and interpret maps to explain relationships between water features and historical events. (VS.1i)

The Battle of Great Bridge was the first land battle of the American Revolution fought in Virginia. The American victory forced the British colonial governor to flee the City of Norfolk.

Jack Jouett rode on horseback through the backwoods of Virginia to Charlottesville to warn Thomas Jefferson, then the governor of Virginia, that the British were coming to arrest him and members of the General Assembly.

The American victory at Yorktown resulted in the surrender of the British army, which led to the end of the war.


Updated: Apr 29, 2016