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New London in Campbell County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

New London

 
 
New London Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, March 30, 2013
1. New London Marker
Inscription. At New London, Patrick Henry made one of his most famous speeches. John Hook, a Tory, brought suit for two steers impressed for the American Army in 1781. Henry, the opposing counsel, so pictured the sufferings of the Patriots in that critical year and their joy at Cornwallis’s surrender, and so ridiculed Hook, that the case was laughed out of court.
 
Erected 1940 by Virginia Conversation Commission. (Marker Number K-139.)
 
Location. 37° 18.101′ N, 79° 19.818′ W. Marker is in New London, Virginia, in Campbell County. Marker is at the intersection of Alum Springs Road and Town Fork Road, on the right when traveling east on Alum Springs Road. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 586 Alum Springs Road, Lynchburg VA 24502, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. New London Academy (approx. 1.4 miles away); a different marker also named New London Academy (approx. 1.4 miles away); Callaway–Steptoe Cemetery (approx. 2 miles away); What happened to Poplar Forest after Jefferson's death? (approx. 4.8 miles away); Why build the mounds?
New London Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, March 30, 2013
2. New London Marker
(approx. 4.8 miles away); Lynchburg and Salem Turnpike (approx. 4.8 miles away); Why is the lawn sunken? (approx. 4.8 miles away); Commemorating Lewis and Clark (approx. 4.8 miles away).
 
More about this marker. When this marker was erected in 1940, this roadway was U.S. Route 460, now the bypass a block or two north.
 
Also see . . .  Patrick Henry’s Famous “Beef” Speech. “Mr. Henry appeared for the defendant, and is said to have disported himself in this cause to the great delight and enjoyment of the hearers, the unfortunate Hook always excepted. After Henry became animated in the cause he appeared to have complete control over the passions of his audience, at one time exciting their indignation against Hook, when vengeance was visible in every countenance. Again, when he chose to relax and ridicule him, the whole audience was in a roar of laughter.” (Submitted on May 17, 2013.) 
 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 314 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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