August 16, 2013
Covenant School 8th grader Finney Lynch is credited with making what some are calling one of the rarest Revolutionary War finds in recent history.
Lynch found a coat button while participating in an archeology camp in Yorktown. It was not just any coat button either, expert believe the button belonged to a French unit that was helping George Washington's army during the Siege of Yorktown in the Revolutionary War.
Lynch is excited that she helped make this discovery.
"To think that it's hundreds and hundreds of years old and to think that it's been sitting on top of a hill for like, 300 years and then washed down in a rain just a couple of weeks ago and it stayed in almost perfect condition...its really amazing." said the Covenant School student.
Lynch will get a mold of the button before its handed over to the National Park Service.
The Siege was the final nail in the coffin of the British war effort during the Revolutionary War. The British, under Lord Cornwallis, were trapped in the town and surrounded by America and French troops and warships, forcing their surrender.