Deltaville in Middlesex County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Confederate Boarding Cutter
In two such raids in 1862 Wood successfully captured several commercial vessels. In August 1863, Wood, with 82 men and four wagon-mounted boarding cutters, left Richmond under secret orders from Jefferson Davis. Wood was directed to the Piankatank River and ordered to target Union gunboats rather than commercial vessels.
Several weeks later, on the Rappahannock River, Wood’s plan was vindicated. In a raging storm off Stingray Point, Wood and his men captured the gunboats U.S. Satellite and U.S. Reliance using the boarding cutters. Then, commandeering the Satellite, Wood seized three commercial vessels the next day. The Union, outraged by this thievery, sent three gunboats after Wood but he escaped with his prizes up the Rappahannock River.
Wood’s raids did not win the war for the South, but they certainly boosted the morale of the Confederacy during a year of catastrophic reversals. In one raid, on waters controlled by the enemy, Wood captured and destroyed two gunboats and three commercial vessels. The equipment he salvaged-the guns, engines, anchors and chains were worth tens of thousands of dollars. He captured ninety prisoners and lost not one man in the process-a truly remarkable statistic given the bloody nature of the Civil War.
John Taylor Wood continued his illustrious career elsewhere for the remainder of the War, but for one golden moment his tactical skills bathed Middlesex County in the light of a remarkable Confederate victory.
Location. 37° 33.112′ N, 76° 19.474′ W. Marker is in Deltaville, Virginia, in Middlesex County. Marker can be reached from Jackson Creek Road (Virginia Route 660) 0.1 miles south of Bucks View Lane (Virginia Route 683), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. The Confederate Boarding Cutter is on the property of the Deltaville Maritime Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 287 Jackson Creek Road, Deltaville VA 23043, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Flagpole and Flag Etiquette (within shouting distance of this marker); Compass Rose (within shouting distance of this marker); Fish Story (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Captain John Smith’s Shallop (about 400 feet away); Oyster Tonging (about 600 feet away); F.D. Crockett (about 700 feet away); Stingray Point (approx. 0.9 miles away); Naval Actions on Wilton Creek and the Rappahannock River (approx. 4˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Deltaville.
Also see . . . Deltaville Maritime Museum. (Submitted on August 26, 2016.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 26, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 25, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 215 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 25, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.