Newport News, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
1862 Peninsula Campaign
At 8:30 a.m., Captain Thaddeus Mott’s 3rd New York Battery opened fire on the earthworks at the dam. Moreover, the 3rd Vermont Infantry and the 4th Vermont Infantry deployed along the Warwick and poured volleys into the Confederate positions. The Confederates had only three cannons to counter the Union barrage, and Captain James Jordan soon withdrew the 12-pound howitzer guarding the dam. However, the Troup Artillery’s 6-pounder disabled one of Mott’s cannons before the artillery duel ended around 11:00 a.m. Major General George McClellan arrived around noon, and Lieutenant Edwin Noyes, who had crossed the river, reported that the Confederates had abandoned the rifle pits along the Warwick. Consequently, General Smith received permission to cross the river and capture the earthworks.
Erected by Virginia
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 37° 11.099′ N, 76° 32.265′ W. Marker is in Newport News, Virginia. Marker can be reached from Constitution Way, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is located in Newport News Park, on the Two Forts Walking Trail on the north side of Lee Hall Reservoir. 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. “Their Conduct was Worthy of Veterans” (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); “Every Kind of Obstruction was Skillfully Used” (about 700 feet away); “The Bullets Would Whistle Around my Head” (approx. 0.2 miles away); Third Regiment Vermont Volunteer Infantry (approx. 0.2 miles away); Battle of Lee’s Mill (Dam Number 1) (approx. 0.2 miles away); “Just Like Sap – Boiling, in the Stream” (approx. 0.2 miles away); Battle of Dam No. 1 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ten Pound Parrott Rifle and Limber (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Newport News.
More about this marker. The bottom left of the marker contains a drawing of soldiers manning a battery.
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 . . .
1. Yorktown. CWSAC Battle Summaries. (Submitted on September 7, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. Tidewater Virginia, The 1862 Peninsula Campaign. Civil War Traveler. (Submitted on September 7, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
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