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Suffolk, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Civil War Cavalry Skirmish

 
 
Civil War Cavalry Skirmish Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, April 18, 2009
1. Civil War Cavalry Skirmish Marker
Inscription. Federal forces occupied Suffolk on 12 May 1862 and built earthworks around the town; Brig. Gen. John J. Peck took command in October. Cavalry vedettes, or mounted pickets, were posted some distance outside the fortifications to warn of Confederate attacks. During the winter of 1862-1863, small detachments of Federal and Confederate troops harassed each other west of Suffolk. Near here, about 4:00 P.M. on 28 Dec. 1862, Confederate cavalrymen attacked Union vedettes at Providence Church and drove them back toward Suffolk. Federal reserves repulsed the attack and forced the Confederates west several miles to their main body of cavalry.
 
Erected 1998 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number UT 28.)
 
Location. 36° 47.004′ N, 76° 38.006′ W. Marker is in Suffolk, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Providence Road and Pruden Boulevard (U.S. 460), on the left when traveling north on Providence Road. Click for map. The marker is located in the parking lot of the Providence United Methodist Church. Marker is in this post office area: Suffolk VA 23434, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Isle of Wight County / Nansemond County (approx. 3.1 miles away);
Civil War Cavalry Skirmish Marker at Providence Rd & Pruden Blvd. image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, April 18, 2009
2. Civil War Cavalry Skirmish Marker at Providence Rd & Pruden Blvd.
Siege of Suffolk (approx. 3.1 miles away); a different marker also named Siege of Suffolk (approx. 3.6 miles away); Dumpling Island (approx. 4.1 miles away); Early History of Suffolk (approx. 4.2 miles away); First Suffolk Church (approx. 4.2 miles away); The Site of the First Church (approx. 4.3 miles away); Riddick’s Folly (approx. 4.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Suffolk.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Deserted House Battlefield (4 miles southwest) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher
3. Deserted House Battlefield (4 miles southwest)
The region west of Suffolk, between the Blackwater and Nansemond Rivers, was a no-man's land. In late January 1863, Confederate Gen. Roger Pryor ventured into this area with 1,800 men on a foraging expedition. A Union force of 4,800 infantry & cavalry, under Gen. Michael Corcoran, marched out from Suffolk and attacked the Confederate camp near Kelly's Store. After a stiff fight, Pryor retreated back across the Blackwater River. Total casualties exceeded 180.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,385 times since then and 128 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   3. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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