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Charles City in Charles City County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Eye Witness to a Revolution

 
 
Eye Witness to a Revolution Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, March 28, 2009
1. Eye Witness to a Revolution Marker
Inscription. Charles City Courthouse was an eye witness to the American Revolution (1775-1783). Soldiers enlisted here before marching off to join the Continental Army. Local militia encamped on the grounds, and armies marched by throughout the course of the war. The area was even the site of a small battle between Queen’s Rangers and Virginia militia - an engagement that ended in defeat for the patriots. After the war old and disabled warriors and their widows came here to claim bounties and pensions for wartime service.

On January 8, 1781, General Benedict Arnold sent Lt. Col. John Grave Simcoe and the Queen’s Rangers to attack militia encamped at Charles City Courthouse. The Virginia militia, commanded by Col. Dudley, was surprised and fled. One ranger and four or five members of the militia were killed in the engagement.

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Raverly Going enlisted in the 6th Virginia Regiment of the Continental Army. He died in service, during the northern campaign, and his heirs were awarded a bounty for his service. Would it surprise you to know that he was a free African American?
Correspondence or bounty papers. Courtesy Library of Virginia.
 
Erected by Charles City Courthouse, Waste Management.
 
Location.
American Revolution panel and nearby War Memorial. Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, March 28, 2009
2. American Revolution panel and nearby War Memorial.
37° 20.505′ N, 77° 4.353′ W. Marker is in Charles City, Virginia, in Charles City County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Courthouse Road (Virginia Route 155) and Watermelon Fields Road. Click for map. The marker is on the lawn of the old Charles City Courthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Charles City VA 23030, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Shifting Ground (a few steps from this marker); Three Courthouse Essentials (a few steps from this marker); America’s 3rd Oldest Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Charles City C. H. (approx. 0.2 miles away); New Hope & Court House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Greenway (approx. 0.6 miles away); North Bend (approx. 1.2 miles away); Kittiewan and Doctor Rickman (approx. 1.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Charles City.
 
More about this marker. On the upper left is a "Jean-Batiste-Antoine de Verger water-color drawing of American foot-soldiers during the Yorktown campaign, 1781. Courtesy Anne S. K. Brown Military Collection, Brown University Library."
On the upper right is a page from "Charles City Militia Book. Courtesy Library of Congress." Also on the upper right are portraits of “Gen. Benedict Arnold” and “Lt.
Charles City County War Memorial. Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, March 28, 2009
3. Charles City County War Memorial.
To the memory of those from Charles City County who gave their lives in the service of their country in times of conflict. Names of the fallen from World War I, World War II, Korean Conflict, Vietnam Conflict
Col. Simcoe”.
 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 805 times since then and 55 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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