Near Chesapeake, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery
Home of the Jackson Greys
The Jackson Greys were recruited from St. Bride's Parish of Norfolk County and named after Mr. James W. Jackson. Jackson was the proprietor of the Marshall House in Alexandria, Virginia. He killed Col. Elmer Ellsworth of the New York Fire Zouaves when Ellsworth removed the Confederate flag from his hotel. Jackson was also killed during the melee.
The Jackson Greys were mustered into Confederate service as Co. A, 61st Virginia Volunteer Regiment and initially served at the Gosport Navy Yard. In December 1861, the company was transferred to Sewwll's Point where the unit saw action during the CSS Virginia's (Merrimack) March 8, 1862, sortie against the USS Congress and USS Cumberland. The Greys served in the most advanced battery at Sewell's Point and often exchanged cannon fire with Fort Wool on the Rip Raps in the middle of Hampton Roads.
When Norfolk was evacuated,
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 36° 37.782′ N, 76° 14.579′ W. Marker is near Chesapeake, Virginia. Marker is on St. Brides Road 0.3 miles south of Benefit Road, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chesapeake VA 23322, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. St. Bride's Church (approx. 2.6 miles away); Seven Patriot Heroes (approx. 4.2 miles away); The Cuffeytown Thirteen (approx. 4.4 miles away); Norfolk County Almshouse Southern Branch Chapel / Battle of Great Bridge / Wilson Family (approx. 6 miles away); Dividing Line (approx. 6.2 miles away in North Carolina); Battle of Great Bridge (approx. 6.3 miles away); Planning a Canal (approx. 6.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chesapeake.
Categories. • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 7, 2011, by Chris Bieber of Chesapeake, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,490 times since then and 107 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 7, 2011, by Chris Bieber of Chesapeake, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.