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Warwick Court House

Camp in the Wilderness

 

—1862 Peninsula Campaign —

 
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By Bill Coughlin, August 11, 2008
1. Warwick Court House Marker
Inscription.
“The office was full of books and papers. Some very old ones that had been written long before the Revolution by King George’s officers. A guard was over them but I was lucky and got a handful of deeds …. I have one written 1669 …. Shortly after I got mine a stop was put to taking any more.” - Eliza Hunt Rhodes, 2nd Rhode Island.

The building directly in front of you is the 1810 structure known as Warwick Court House. To your right is Warwick County’s Confederate Monument. The monument was erected on May 27, 1909, exactly 48 years after local volunteers had mustered into the Confederate army as the Warwick Beauregards (Co. H, 32nd Virginia Volunteer Infantry).

Warwick County’s seat had been used as a Confederate supply depot until April 5, 1862, when it was occupied by Federal troops. The Union soldiers looted the court house and clerk’s office upon their arrival.

Brig. Gen. Erasmus D. Keyes, USA, established his IV Corps headquarters at Warwick Court House during the Warwick River – Yorktown Siege phase of the Peninsula Campaign, A camp for one of Professor T.S. Lowe’s balloons, the Constitution, was established at Warwick Court House on April 10, 1862. George Armstrong Custer enjoyed the dubious honor of making several ascents in this balloon to observe the nearby Confederate
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By Bill Coughlin, August 11, 2008
2. Marker at Warwick Court House
Union troops reached this location on April 5, 1862, during their advance up the Peninsula to Richmond. The courthouse was looted by Union soldiers and the grounds were named Camp Winfield Scott.
defenses between Lee’s Mill and Dam No. 1.

Another form of interest for the troops was the deployment of “coffee mill guns” (Ager Guns) at Warwick Court House. Several of these weapons were assigned to the 56th New York Volunteers. Priv. Patrick Lyons of the 2nd Rhode Island witnessed an Ager gun go to the front from Warwick Court House and commented that “this kind of gun is capable of being fired very rapidly which gives it the name of the Corn Sheller and is very destructive against a body of infantry.”
 
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 37° 7.806′ N, 76° 32.531′ W. Marker is in Newport News, Virginia. Marker is on Old Courthouse Way, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1401 Old Courthouse Way, Newport News VA 23608, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Warwick Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Warwick Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Olivet Christian Church
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By Bill Coughlin, August 11, 2008
3. Warwick Court House Marker
The 1810 courthouse served as the headquarters for Union Brigadier General Erasmus D. Keyes’ IV Corps during the 1862 Peninsula Campaign. Professor Thaddeus Lowe’s gas balloon, Constitution, which provided reconnaissance of Confederate troop movements, was launched from this site.
(within shouting distance of this marker); Warwick County Confederate Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Windmill Point (approx. 0.9 miles away); Two USCT Heroes (approx. 1.3 miles away); Providence Mennonite Church (approx. 2.1 miles away); Young’s Mill (approx. 2.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Newport News.
 
More about this marker. The upper left of the marker contains a sketch of “Warwick Court House, 1862” by Sgt. Peterman – Courtesy of the Mariners’ Museum. The lower right of the marker features a photograph of “Professor Thaddeus S. Lowe’s balloons Intrepid and Constitution. Courtesy of U.S. Army Military History Institute,” and of “Brig. Gen. Erasmus Darwin Keyes, Commander of the IV Corps. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.”
 
Also see . . .
1. The Peninsula Campaign. (Submitted on August 17, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. Tidewater Virginia, The 1862 Peninsula Campaign. Civil War Traveler. (Submitted on August 17, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

3. Warwick Court House
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By Bill Coughlin, August 11, 2008
4. Warwick Court House
The Warwick County Courthouse Square Complex has been registered as a Virginia Historic Landmark pursuant to the authority vested in the Virginia Historic Landmarks Board.
. (PDF) National Register documentation for Warwick Court House. (Submitted on August 17, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Warwick County Confederate Monument image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 11, 2008
5. Warwick County Confederate Monument
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,598 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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