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Smithfield in Isle of Wight County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Smithfield

 
 
Smithfield Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 20, 2016
1. Smithfield Marker
Inscription. Smithfield, incorporated in 1752, became a busy colonial port and was county seat of Isle of Wight through 1800. British troops under Brig. Gen. Benedict Arnold occupied the town on 15 Jan 1781. During the Civil War, a two-day naval engagement concluded on 1 Feb. 1864 when Confederates captured and destroyed the Federal gunboat Smith Briggs on the Pagan River. Smithfield emerged as a center of the meat-packing industry in the 19th century and became famous for its hams. The Smithfield Historic District is listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places.
 
Erected 2014 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number K 243.)
 
Location. 36° 58.93′ N, 76° 37.476′ W. Marker is in Smithfield, Virginia, in Isle of Wight County. Marker is on South Church Street (VA 258). Click for map. This marker replaces the old marker Smithfield (K-243)which was in a different location. Marker is in this post office area: Smithfield VA 23430, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battle of Smithfield (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Smithfield (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line but has been
Smithfield Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 20, 2016
2. Smithfield Marker
reported missing); Ivy Hill Cemetery (approx. 0.4 miles away); Joseph W. Luter, III (approx. 0.4 miles away); Law & Politics in 18th Century Isle of Wight (approx. 0.4 miles away); Old Isle of Wight Courthouse (approx. 0.4 miles away); Isle of Wight County War Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Liquid Maze (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Smithfield.
 
Categories. Colonial EraIndustry & CommerceWar, US CivilWar, US Revolutionary
 
Smithfield Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 20, 2016
3. Smithfield Marker
The Battle of Smithfield image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 20, 2016
4. The Battle of Smithfield
This Civil War Trail marker is next to the Smithfield (K 243) marker and it has previously been posted on HMDB.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 197 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on September 29, 2016.
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