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Newport News, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

“Just Like Sap – Boiling, in the Stream”

1862 Peninsula Campaign

 
 
"Just Like Sap – Boiling, in the Stream" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 11, 2008
1. "Just Like Sap – Boiling, in the Stream" Marker
Inscription. The Vermont troops waited in vain for reinforcements; Corporal Alonzo Hutchinson was mortally wounded while crossing the Warwick River and died without signaling for support. The Union leaders also failed to exploit the break in the Confederate lines. Brigadier General William Smith had fallen twice from his horse and was knocked unconscious. Moreover, Captain Fernando Harrington was missing from the battlefield. Thus, Captain Samuel Pingree took command and rallied the men against a second attack. He was seriously wounded in the fight, and while serving as governor of Vermont, received the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1891.

Julian Scott, (a 16-year-old musician) crossed the Warwick several times under fire to remove at least nine wounded comrades, including mortally wounded Private William Scott.

William Scott had been caught asleep on sentry duty on August 31, 1861, and a military court sentenced him to death by a firing squad. President Abraham Lincoln pardoned the “sleeping sentinel” who later stated, “I will show President Lincoln that I am not afraid to die for my country.” He died of his wounds on April 16, 1862. For his gallantry at Dam. No. 1, Julian Scott was awarded the Medal of Honor in February 1865. He remarked that the Confederate fire was, “just like sap-boiling, in the stream,
Marker in in Newport News Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 11, 2008
2. Marker in in Newport News Park
the bullets fell so thick.” After the war, Scott put his battlefield experiences on canvas and enjoyed an art career.
 
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients, and the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 37° 11.125′ N, 76° 32.442′ 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 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 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); “The Bullets Would Whistle Around my Head” (about 400 feet away); One-Gun Battery (approx. 0.2 miles away); “Every Kind of Obstruction was Skillfully Used” (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ten Pound Parrott Rifle and Limber (approx. 0.3 miles away); Third Regiment Vermont Volunteer Infantry (approx.
Marker on the Two Forts Walking Trail image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 11, 2008
3. Marker on the Two Forts Walking Trail
Confederate earthworks can be seen behind the marker.
0.3 miles away); Battle of Lee’s Mill (Dam Number 1) (approx. 0.3 miles away); Battle of Dam No. 1 (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Newport News.
 
More about this marker. Three photographs appear on the marker: Capt. Samuel Pingee, Pvt. Julian Scott and Pvt. William Scott, the “Sleeping Sentinel.” Images courtesy of the Vermont Historical Society.
 
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.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Confederate Earthworks image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 11, 2008
4. Confederate Earthworks
These earthworks, a target of the attacking Vermont troops, are located near the marker.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,215 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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