Hopewell, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Point, now Hopewell, in 1765, he was
taken as a small boy to Buckingham
County, where he grew to gigantic
size. Enlisting at 16 he served
under Washington with distinction
in the North. Later in the South
he became a hero of the Revolution
at such battles as Camden and
Guilford Courthouse. His feats of
strength were legendary and he
served Virginia well until his
death in 1831.
Erected in his memory by
the Commonwealth of Virginia
the James River Branch, APVA.
Erected 1973 by Commonwealth of Virginia and the James River Branch, APVA.
Location. 37° 18.243′ N, 77° 17.25′ W. Marker is in Hopewell, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of North Main Street and East Broadway Avenue, on the left when traveling north on North Main Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 300 North Main Street, Hopewell VA 23860, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dr. M. L. King, Jr. (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Memorial (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); John Randolph (approx. 0.2 miles away); Depot Field Hospital (approx. ¼ mile away); Union Fort (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Army of the James Monument (approx. 0.6 miles away); City Point Defenses (approx. 0.6 miles away); U.S. Government Bakery (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Hopewell.
Regarding Peter Francisco. "On June 23, 1765, a small boy was abandoned on the wharf at City Point (now Hopewell, Virginia). An eyewitness account states: a foreign ship sailed up the James River, dropped anchor opposite the dock, and lowered a longboat to the water with two sailors in it. Then a boy of about five years was handed down and rowed to the wharf, where he was deposited and abandoned. The boat returned quickly to its ship. The ship weighed anchor at once, sailed back down the James River, and was never heard from again. The child did not speak English and no one understood what he said, except that he kept repeating “Pedro Francisco.” Thus, the local citizens called him Peter Francisco.
Peter Francisco grew into a giant
Also see . . .
1. Peter Francisco: A One Man Army. (Submitted on July 9, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
2. Peter Francisco, Giant of the American Revolution. Sons of the American Revolution (Submitted on July 9, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
3. Peter Francisco: Remarkable American Revolutionary War Soldier. October 1998 issue of American History magazine (Submitted on July 9, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
4. Hercules of the Revolution. Sixth generation descendant of Peter Francisco who tells Peter's story through dramatic impersonation, novel and documentary. (Submitted on July 11, 2010, by Travis Bowman of Davidson, North Carolina.)
Categories. • Colonial Era • Heroes • Notable Persons • Patriots & Patriotism • War, US Revolutionary •
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