THE BRITISH, after losing at the battle of Yorktown, marched to surrender, their flags encased and their drum and fife playing "The T World Turned Upside Down," an English nursery song. By the terms of their surrender, to avenge a similar insult at the British victory at Charleston, they were forbidden to play the tunes of the American victor, though that was customary under the battle protocol of the day.
To mark the victory, which freed the United States from Britain, the Daughters of the American Revolution Museum is opening an exhibit Thursday called "The World Turned Upside Down."
Heroes of Revolution, American and French: George Washington, Gen. Nathan Greene, Marquis Lafayette, Comte de Rochambeau and others are shown painted, embossed, needlepointed, printed, baked, and emblazoned on all sorts of surfaces including jugs, bowls, plates, plaques, flasks, tumblers, watch fobs, mourning pins, miniatures and handkerchiefs. A lock of George Washington's hair (was that why he was so bald?) is tucked in as well as a letter from Nellie Custis, a cake mold with the design of Lafayette at Yorktown, and de Rochambeau's sword.
The DAR museum is open free Monday-Friday 9 to 4 p.m. and Sundays 1 to 5 p.m. at 1776 D Street, NW.