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Suffolk, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Pig Point Battery
 
Pig Point Battery Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, October 15, 2011
1. Pig Point Battery Marker
 
Inscription. In June 1861, Union Maj.Gen. Benjamin F. Butler, in order to clear a route for the capture of Suffolk, sought to neutralize the Confederate battery at Pig Point three miles north on the James River at the mouth of the Nansemond River. At 9:00 a.m. on 5 June, the steamer USS Harriet Lane shelled the battery. The Portsmouth Rifles, manning the guns there, returned fire and struck the vessel twice. One shot hit a tub of musket balls; the flying balls wounded six men. No Confederates were injured in the engagement, which ended after twenty minutes when the Harriet Lane withdrew.
 
Erected 1998 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number K-261.)
 
Location. 36° 45.611′ N, 76° 29.881′ W. Marker is in Suffolk, Virginia. Marker is on U.S. 58 (U.S. 460), on the right. Click for map. This marker is located further down the road past marker Z-235, west of Hampton Roads Executive Airport between I-664 and Nansemond Parkway. 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. Nansemond County / Norfolk County (approx. 2 miles away); Great Dismal Swamp (approx. 2.4 miles away); Revolutionary Camp (approx. 3 miles away); James Bowser, Revolutionary Soldier (approx. 4.1 miles away); Florence Graded School (approx. 4.4 miles away); Sleepy Hole Ferry (approx. 4.4 miles away); Yeates School (approx. 4.4 miles away); Hargrove's Tavern (approx. 4.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Suffolk.
 
Pig Point Battery Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Laura Troy, October 1, 2007
2. Pig Point Battery Marker
 
 
Pig Point Battery Marker, looking west bound along US 58 / US 13 Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, October 15, 2011
3. Pig Point Battery Marker, looking west bound along US 58 / US 13
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on October 2, 2007, by Laura Troy of Burke, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,765 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on October 23, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   2. submitted on October 2, 2007, by Laura Troy of Burke, Virginia.   3. submitted on October 23, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
 
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