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Chesapeake, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Battle of Great Bridge
 
Battle of Great Bridge Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, April 16, 2010
1. Battle of Great Bridge Marker
 
Inscription.
In this vicinity, in 1775, was the southern end of a causeway, with bridges, by which the swamp and stream were crossed. Here William Woodford's Virginia riflemen defended the passage. When Lord Dunmore's British regulars attempted to cross the swamp on December 9, 1775, they were cut to pieces by the fire of the riflemen. This defeat forced Dunmore to evacuate Norfolk.
 
Erected 1934 by Conservation & Development Commission. (Marker Number KY-5.)
 
Location. 36° 43.218′ N, 76° 14.375′ W. Marker is in Chesapeake, Virginia. Marker is on Battlefield Boulevard South (Virginia Route 168) north of Albermarle Drive, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in the City of Chesapeake's Great Bridge community. It is west and south of the Chesapeake Expressway/Great Bridge Bypass (VA 168) via Battlefield Blvd, North. Marker is in this post office area: Chesapeake VA 23322, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Planning a Canal (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Marshall Family (about 300 feet away); Battle of Great Bridge DAR Monument (about 400 feet away); Great Bridge Marshall Memorial (about 400 feet away); Billy Flora (about 400 feet away); Father & Son Canal Builders (about 500 feet away); Civil War Anchor (about 500 feet away); The Day is Our Own! (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Chesapeake.
 
Battle of Great Bridge Marker - viewed from the souheast, off Battlefield Dr., S Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, April 5, 2010
2. Battle of Great Bridge Marker - viewed from the souheast, off Battlefield Dr., S
with the modern drawbridge over the south branch of the Elizabeth River (Intracoastal Waterway) in the background.
 

 
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Also see . . .
1. Battle of Great Bridge. (Submitted on April 19, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. Great Bridge Battlefield & Waterway Park and Visitor Center. (Submitted on April 19, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
3. Lord Dunmore's Ethiopian Regiment. (Submitted on April 19, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
4. John Murray, 4th Earl of Dunmore. (Submitted on April 19, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
5. William Woodford. (Submitted on April 19, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
 
Additional keywords. Elizabeth River; Dismal Swamp; Fort Murray; Governor John Murray, Earl of Dunmore; Black Loyalists; Ethiopian Regiment.
 
Battle of Great Bridge Patriot's Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, April 16, 2010
3. Battle of Great Bridge Patriot's Monument
In the Spring of 2007, the Daughters of the American Revolution sponsored the erection of this large stone monument to the Patriot soldiers of the Battle on the future site of the Great Bridge Battlefield & Waterways History Museum. On the north side of the river, it is accessible from Battlefield Boulevard and the Intracoastal Waterway.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on April 19, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,567 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 19, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
 
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