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Civil War Militia of Suffolk and Nansemond County

 
 
Civil War Militia of Suffolk and Nansemond County Monument image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cynthia L. Clark, May 10, 2017
1. Civil War Militia of Suffolk and Nansemond County Monument
Inscription.  
1861 ~ 1865
More than 1,500 men and boys from Suffolk and Nansemond County left their homes and families in defense of constitutional liberty and states rights to face overwhelming odds. Many paid the ultimate price; all endured hardships and suffering while maintaining the reputation of the greatest fighting force the world had ever known. Placing their faith in God, the southern soldiers fought for a just cause and the light of their accomplishments can never be dimmed or shadowed by any revision of history.

Listed below are many of the companies mustered in whole or in part plus other units and places of enlistments in Suffolk and Nansemond County:
The first departure was May 3, 1861
(column 1)
Chuckatuck Light Artillery
Co. F, 9th VA Infantry
Enlisted Chuckatuck
Enlisted Cedar Point, Nansemond County

Cohoon’s Battalion
Confederate Defenders
Co. B & G, 61st VA Infantry
Enlisted Suffolk
Enlisted Blinkhorn Point, Nansemond County

Cypress Chapel Sharpshooters
Co. I, 41st VA Infantry
Enlisted at
The Civil War Militia of Suffolk and Nansemond County Monument. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cynthia L. Clark, May 10, 2017
2. The Civil War Militia of Suffolk and Nansemond County Monument.
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Cypress Chapel, Nansemond County

Godwin’s 57th North Carolina Infantry

Independent Signal Corps and Scouts
Enlisted Suffolk
Enlisted Nansemond County

(column 2)
Marion Rangers
Co. A, 16th VA Infantry
Enlisted Suffolk
Enlisted Fair Grounds, Nansemond County

Nansemond Cavalry
Co. G, 5th VA Cavalry
Co. I, 13th VA Cavalry
Enlisted Suffolk

Nansemond Guards
Rice Button Company
Co. E, 6th VA Infantry
Enlisted Bethlehem Christian Church, Nansemond County

Nansemond Home Guards
59th VA Militia
14th VA Infantry
Enlisted Camp Randolph, Suffolk
Enlisted Camp Hargroves, Nansemond County

Nansemond Rangers
Co. F, 3rd VA Infantry
Enlisted Hargroves Tavern & Godwin’s Point, Nansemond County

(column 3)
Norfleet’s Cavalry
Co. L, 62nd GA Cavalry
Co. D, 8th Confederate Cavalry
Co. I & K, 24th VA Cavalry
Mustered South Quay, Nansemond County

Randolph Dragoons
Co. G, 5th VA Cavalry
Co. C, 13th VA Cavalry
Enlisted Suffolk

Roy’s Scouts
Formed around Chuckatuck, Nansemond County

South Quay Guards
Co. K, 41st VA Infantry
Enlisted South Quay, Nansemond County

Suffolk
The cluster of UDC’s monuments. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cynthia L. Clark, May 10, 2017
3. The cluster of UDC’s monuments.
The monument (foreground) stands adjacent to the stone border of Remembrance Garden. In the far background is a fenced burial site for cremated remains, known as the Scatter Garden.
Continentals

Co. B, 16th VA Infantry
Enlisted Suffolk
Enlisted Blinkhorn Point, Nansemond County
Enlisted Collins Farm near Somerton, Nansemond County

(column 4)
Wilson Guards
Co. B, 7th VA Battalion
Co. B & I, 61st VA Infantry
Enlisted Blinkhorn Point, Nansemond

Co. A & B, 12th VA Infantry
Co. D & E, 9th VA Infantry
Enlisted Nansemond County

Co. F, 3rd VA Infantry
Enlisted Godwin’s Point, Nansemond County

Co. F, 9th VA Infantry
CSS Virginia

Co. H, 9th VA Infantry
Enlisted Pig Point, Nansemond County

Co. I & K, 13th VA Cavalry
Enlisted Yeates Lower Free School House, Nansemond County

As the resident volunteers filled the local ranks, many went outside the county to enlist. The enemy occupation of Suffolk in 1862 also made this necessary. Some of those places are listed below:

(column 1)
Beaver Dam, Isle of Wight County
Camp Lee, Richmond
Camp Withers, Norfolk County
Center Hill, North Carolina
Craney Island, Norfolk County
Entrenched Camp, Norfolk County Franklin

(column 2)
Fredericksburg
Gates County, North Carolina
Glebe School House, Norfolk County
Gosport Navy Yard, Portsmouth
Huger
The militia monument faces north. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cynthia L. Clark, May 10, 2017
4. The militia monument faces north.
The open space (background) is reported to contain unmarked graves. Pictured far center is the historical watering fountain mentioned in Virginia Landmarks Register documentation. It is also listed on the Cedar Hill Cemetery marker.
Barracks, near Norfolk
Isle of Wight County
Jerusalem, Southampton County

(column 3)
Norfolk City
Petersburg
Pinner’s Point, Norfolk County
Portsmouth
Rockyhock, North Carolina
Sewells Point, near Norfolk
Tanner’s Creek Crossroads, near Norfolk

This shaft of granite was reverently placed during the first year of the sesquicentennial commemorating the War Between the States. It once served as one of eight footers supporting the columns of the Marshall/Richmond Theatre that was located at 7th & Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia. Jefferson Davis, his family, many southern soldiers, as well as famous actors and actresses, walked on this stone. This historic piece was rescued during the demolition of the building in 2005.
 
Erected 2011 by United Daughters of the Confederacy, Suffolk Chapter 173.
 
Topics. This memorial is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is May 3, 1861.
 
Location. 36° 44.056′ N, 76° 34.787′ W. Marker is in Suffolk, Virginia. Memorial can be reached from Mahan Street east of North Main Street (Virginia Route 32). The monument stands in the southeast section of Cedar Hill Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Suffolk VA 23434, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Watering Fountain (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line);
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Confederate Monument (about 300 feet away); Siege of Suffolk (about 300 feet away); Spanish War Veterans Memorial (about 300 feet away); Remembrance Garden Monuments (about 400 feet away); World War I Monument (about 500 feet away); World War II Memorial (about 600 feet away); Korea and Vietnam Wars Memorial (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Suffolk.
 
More about this marker. This monument – arbitrarily dubbed here as “Civil War Militia for Suffolk and Nansemond County” – contains a wealth of historical information. It stands in a cluster of stone structures that include Remembrance Garden.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .
1. United Daughters of the Confederacy website. (Submitted on June 5, 2017, by Cynthia L. Clark of Suffolk, Virginia.)
2. Cedar Hill Cemetery website. (Submitted on June 5, 2017, by Cynthia L. Clark of Suffolk, Virginia.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 6, 2017. It was originally submitted on June 5, 2017, by Cynthia L. Clark of Suffolk, Virginia. This page has been viewed 518 times since then and 95 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 5, 2017, by Cynthia L. Clark of Suffolk, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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Jun. 30, 2022