Chesapeake, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Battle of Great Bridge
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.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
Also see . . .
1. Battle of Great Bridge.
2. Great Bridge Battlefield & Waterway Park and Visitor Center.
3. Lord Dunmore's Ethiopian Regiment.
4. John Murray, 4th Earl of Dunmore.
5. William Woodford.
Additional keywords. Elizabeth River; Dismal Swamp; Fort Murray; Governor John Murray, Earl of Dunmore; Black Loyalists; Ethiopian Regiment.
Categories. • African Americans • Bridges & Viaducts • Colonial Era • Military • Notable Places • War, US Revolutionary •
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