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Revolutionary War at Portsmouth

 
 
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By Scott Rollins, June 1, 2009
1. Revolutionary War at Portsmouth Marker
Inscription. In October 1775, Virginia’s last royal governor, the Earl of Dunmore, made his headquarters at Gosport, one mile south of here. After his defeat at Great Bridge and the destruction of Norfolk, he entrenched at Hospital Point, one mile north, but was again driven out in May 1776. Portsmouth was again invaded by the British: Sir George Collier in 1779, General Leslie in 1780, the traitor Benedict Arnold and General Phillips in 1781. Here, on this Portsmouth waterfront in August 1781. Lord Cornwallis embarked his 7000 troops and sailed to Yorktown where he surrendered to the victorious American and French forces, 19 October 1781.
 
Location. 36° 50.151′ N, 76° 17.812′ W. Marker is in Portsmouth, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Water Street and High Street, on the right when traveling north on Water Street. Click for map. Beside the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2 High Street, Portsmouth VA 23704, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Naval Shipyard Museum (a few steps from this marker); Cornwallis' Embarkation (a few steps from this marker); John Luke Porter (within shouting distance of this marker); Home Site of William Crawford (d. 1762) Founder of Portsmouth
Revolutionary War at Portsmouth Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, February 11, 2014
2. Revolutionary War at Portsmouth Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Seaboard Air Line Railroad (within shouting distance of this marker); The Elizabeth River (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Col. William Craford (about 400 feet away); Crawford House (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Portsmouth.
 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Kristin Rollins of Portsmouth, Virginia. This page has been viewed 867 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Kristin Rollins of Portsmouth, Virginia.   2. submitted on , by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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