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Battle of Lee’s Mill (Dam Number 1)

April 16, 1862

 
 
Battle of Lee’s Mill (Dam Number 1) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 11, 2008
1. Battle of Lee’s Mill (Dam Number 1) Marker
Inscription. A stalwart defense of the Warwick River by units of the 15th North Carolina, 7th Georgia and 2nd Louisiana Infantry, C.S.A., commanded by General J.B. Magruder is commemorated here. The defensive line extending across the Virginia Peninsula was held under Federal fire during April 1862 by the numerically superior Army of the Potomac under General G.B. McClellan. At the Battle of Lee’s Mill (also called Battle of Dam No. 1) companies of the 3rd, 4th and 6th Vermont Infantry twice succeeded in crossing the river to breach the line at this point, but were repulsed, suffering new casualties. The line held until May 4th, 1862 when Confederate positions were evacuated in a general withdrawal towards Williamsburg. This resolute stand at Lee’s Mill slowed the Union advance by a full month, contributing to the ultimate failure of the Federal Peninsula Campaign to take Richmond. Twenty Confederates, including Colonel William McKinney Commander of the 15th North Carolina, gave their lives.

Bottom Plaque:
The Dam Number One
Battlefield Site
has been placed on the
National Register
of Historic Places
by the United States
Department of the Interior

 
Erected 1967 by Daughters of the Confederacy, Bethel Chapter.
 
Marker series.
Marker in Newport News Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 11, 2008
2. Marker in Newport News Park
This marker is included in the United Daughters of the Confederacy marker series.
 
Location. 37° 10.969′ N, 76° 32.196′ W. Marker is in Newport News, Virginia. Marker is on Constitution Way, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is located in Newport News Park, near the Discovery Center. Marker is in this post office area: Newport News VA 23603, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battle of Dam No. 1 (here, next to this marker); Third Regiment Vermont Volunteer Infantry (a few steps from this marker); Peninsula Campaign Warwick River (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ten Pound Parrott Rifle and Limber (about 400 feet away); Mott’s Battery (about 400 feet away); Custer’s Covered Way (approx. 0.2 miles away); One-Gun Battery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Berdan’s Sharpshooters (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Newport News.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Markers on the Two Forts Walking Trail in Newport News Park.
 
Also see . . .  Battle of Yorktown (1862). Entry on Wikipedia describing the Battle of Dam Number One. (Submitted on August 16, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Notable EventsNotable PlacesWar, US Civil
 
Site of Dam Number 1 image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 11, 2008
3. Site of Dam Number 1
This location, now the Lee Hall Reservoir, was where the Vermont Infantry crossed the river on April 16, 1862 to attack the 15th North Carolina. This battle was the only major attempt to break through the Confederate defenses during the Peninsula Campaign.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 2,488 times since then and 61 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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