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Reedville in Northumberland County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Indian Prisoners Abandoned on Tangier Island

 
 
Indian Prisoners Abandoned on Tangier Island Marker image. Click for full size.
By Linda Walcroft, August 10, 2011
1. Indian Prisoners Abandoned on Tangier Island Marker
Inscription. Following paramount chief Opechancanough’s 1644 organized attacks against the English colonists for encroaching on Indian lands, Governor William Berkeley led further military strikes against the Virginia Indians in July 1645, taking many prisoners. On August 9, the Virginia Council decided to transport all the Indian male prisoners more than 11 years of age to Tangier Island in the Chesapeake Bay “to prevent their returning to and strengthening their respective tribes.” Berkeley's own ship transported the prisoners to Tangier, where they were abandoned. Their fate is unknown.
 
Erected 2010 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number JT 91.)
 
Location. 37° 50.54′ N, 76° 17.252′ W. Marker is in Reedville, Virginia, in Northumberland County. Marker is on Buzzard Point Road (County Route 656). Click for map. At dock for Tangier Island Ferry at Buzzard Point Marina. Marker is at or near this postal address: 468 Buzzard Point Rd, Reedville VA 22539, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The War of 1812 / African Americans in the War of 1812 (a few steps from this marker); Morris-Fisher Stack (approx. ¾ mile away);
Marker is at Dock for Tangier Island Ferry image. Click for full size.
By Linda Walcroft, August 10, 2011
2. Marker is at Dock for Tangier Island Ferry
Reedville (approx. one mile away); Julius Rosenwald High School (approx. 1.2 miles away); Shiloh School (approx. 5.6 miles away); Jessie Ball duPont (approx. 7.1 miles away); Hughlett Point Natural Area Preserve (approx. 7.1 miles away); Morattico Baptist Church (approx. 7.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Reedville.
 
Additional comments.
1. Opechancanough
Opechancanough is said to have been a younger brother (or half-brother) of the famous chief Powhatan. He was captured in 1646 and killed.
    — Submitted September 1, 2011, by Linda Walcroft of Strasburg, Virginia.

 
Categories. Colonial EraNative Americans
 
Marker (on left) Seen from Ferry image. Click for full size.
By Linda Walcroft, August 10, 2011
3. Marker (on left) Seen from Ferry
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Linda Walcroft of Strasburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,007 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Linda Walcroft of Strasburg, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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