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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Brookneal in Campbell County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Patrick Henry’s Grave

Patrick Henry’s Grave Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, March 30, 2013
1. Patrick Henry’s Grave Marker
Inscription. Five Miles East is Red Hill, last home and grave of Patrick Henry, orator of the Revolution. He moved there in 1796 and died there, June 6, 1799. Henry is especially famous for his “Liberty or Death” speech made in 1775 at the beginning of the Revolution.
Erected 1949 by Virginia Conversation Commission. (Marker Number R-15.)
Location. 37° 2.77′ N, 78° 56.543′ W. Marker is in Brookneal, Virginia, in Campbell County. Marker is on Main Street south of East Rush Street (County Route 1103), on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 271 Main St, Brookneal VA 24528, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Patrick Henry’s Grave (approx. 0.2 miles away); Birthplace of General Pick (approx. 0.2 miles away); Campbell County / Halifax County (approx. 0.7 miles away); Hat Creek Church
Patrick Henry’s Grave Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, March 30, 2013
2. Patrick Henry’s Grave Marker
(approx. 2.6 miles away); Red Hill (approx. 2.9 miles away); a different marker also named Patrick Henry’s Grave (approx. 3.3 miles away); Halifax Church (approx. 10.1 miles away); Shady Grove (approx. 11 miles away but has been reported missing). Click for a list of all markers in Brookneal.
More about this marker. This marker is the old number R-15 marker. Its replacement is one block away on Route 501. (When this one was first erected, Main Street was U.S. 501.) This R-15 was reported missing in both Margaret Peter’s 1985 Guidebook to Virginia’s Historical Markers and John Salmon’s revision in 1994. It was probably still missing in 1997 when its replacement was erected, or it surely would have been retired. This may be the only ‘old’ Virginia state marker coexisting with its replacement.
Regarding Patrick Henry’s Grave. Follow Route 40 east to Mt. Calvary Road, which will take you to Red
Patrick Henry Before the Virginia House of Burgesses image. Click for full size.
Oil by Peter F. Rothermel via Wikimedia Commons, 1851
3. Patrick Henry Before the Virginia House of Burgesses
Hill in Charlotte County. Follow the signs. It is open daily and worth the detour and admission price.
Also see . . .  Biography of Patrick Henry. On the Red Hill Patrick Henry National Memorial website. “Patrick Henry’s political career began in December 1763 with his rousing victory in the Parsons’ Cause, a controversy rooted in the peculiarities of colonial Virginia’s tobacco-based economy that also became an important precursor of the American Revolution. Clergymen of the established Anglican church and other public officials in colonial Virginia received their annual salaries in tobacco – 16,000 pounds per a year for a clergyman. For decades the market price of tobacco had been about 2 cents a pound, but severe droughts in 1759 and 1760 drove the price of tobacco much higher. In response to this crisis, the colonial legislature passed a Two-Penny Act, which declared that contracts payable in tobacco should be valued according to the normal price rather than the higher “windfall” caused by the recent drought. Many of Virginia ’s Anglican clergy, who already felt that their vestries paid them too little, protested the law. Eventually, the parsons appealed to colonial authorities in England, who overruled the Virginia statute and declared it void. This action aroused a controversy over the nature of British authority within the colony.

“The Parsons’ Cause came home to Hanover County when the Reverend James Maury brought suit against the vestry for his back pay, and won. At that point the novice attorney Patrick Henry was asked to argue the vestry’s side when the jury convened to determine how much Maury should be paid. In a fervent oration that criticized the established clergy and challenged British authority, Henry persuaded the jurors of Hanover County to grant token damages of only one penny. Henry’s victory in the Parsons’ Cause enhanced his legal practice and launched a political career marked by similar moment of dramatic oratory.” (Submitted on April 14, 2013, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.) 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 432 times since then and 57 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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