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British Naval Blockade and Cape Henry Lighthouse / The War of 1812

 
 
British Naval Blockade and Cape Henry Lighthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., April 26, 2016
1. British Naval Blockade and Cape Henry Lighthouse Marker
Inscription.
British Naval Blockade and Cape Henry Lighthouse
During the War of 1812, a British naval blockade along much of the U.S. East Coast disrupted foreign trade and interfered with commerce. On 4 Feb. 1813, the blockade was extended to the Chesapeake Bay. At that time, the light at the Cape Henry Lighthouse was extinguished to prevent British ships from using it as a navigational aid. The British attacked the lighthouse early in Feb. 1813, and thereafter British scouting parties often visited the area to obtain fresh water from local wells. On 14 July 1813, Capt. Richard Lawson of the Princess Anne militia captured 20 British marines nearby.

The War of 1812
Impressment of Americans into British service and the violation of American ships were among the causes of America’s War of 1812 with the British, which lasted until 1815. Beginning in 1813, Virginians suffered from a British naval blockade of the Chesapeake Bay and from British troops’ plundering the countryside by the Bay and along the James, Rappahannock, and Potomac rivers. The Virginia militia deflected a British attempt to take Norfolk in 1813, and engaged British forces throughout the war. By the end of the war, more than 2000 enslaved African Americans in Virginia had gained their freedom aboard British ships.
 
Erected
The War of 1812 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., April 26, 2016
2. The War of 1812 Marker
2015 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number KV-17.)
 
Location. 36° 55.545′ N, 76° 0.447′ W. Marker is in Fort Story, Virginia, in Virginia Beach. Marker is on Atlantic Avenue just east of Cape Henry Road, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Virginia Beach VA 23459, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old Cape Henry Lighthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Story (within shouting distance of this marker); First Public Works Project of the United States Government (within shouting distance of this marker); History of Cape Henry Lighthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); First Landing (within shouting distance of this marker); Cape Henry Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); François Joseph Paul de Grasse (approx. 0.2 miles away); Battle of the Capes (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Story.
 
Categories. War of 1812Waterways & Vessels
 
British Naval Blockade and Cape Henry Lighthouse / The War of 1812 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., April 26, 2016
3. British Naval Blockade and Cape Henry Lighthouse / The War of 1812 Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 213 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page was last revised on September 15, 2016.
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