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The War of 1812 / President – Little Belt Affair

 
 
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By Brandon D Cross, June 14, 2017
1. The War of 1812 Marker
Inscription.  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. 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, Rapahannock, 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 and gained their freedom aboard British ships.

President-Little Belt Affair. British and French harassment of United States merchant vessels, including British impressments of American seaman, resulted in U.S. Naval patrols along the Atlantic coast early in the 19th century. The 44-gun USF President, commanded by Comm. John Rodgers, sighted an unidentified foreign warship off Cape Henry and followed it southward on 16 May 1811. Communication problems created confusion, and the ships exchanged broadsides. The foreign ship, identified the
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By Brandon D Cross, June 14, 2017
2. President-Little Belt Affair Marker
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next morning as the 20-gun British sloop Little Belt, was badly damaged. This incident amplified disagreement about freedom of the seas, which contributed to the U.S. declaration of war against Britain in June 1812.
 
Erected 2010 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number KV-18.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraWar of 1812Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical date for this entry is May 16, 1811.
 
Location. 36° 51.129′ N, 75° 58.523′ W. Marker is in North Virginia Beach in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and 24th Street. Located in the rear, NE corner of the Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2401 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach VA 23451, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Replica Race Point Surfboat (a few steps from this marker); Old Coast Guard Station (a few steps from this marker); The Life-Saving Station (a few steps from this marker); U.S. Coast Guard Virginia Lifeboat Stations (a few steps from this marker); The United States Life-Saving Service Stations & Crews (a few steps from this marker); Outer planking from a vessel (a few steps from this marker);
The War of 1812 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon D Cross, June 14, 2017
3. The War of 1812 Marker
U-boats Off the Mid-Atlantic Coast (within shouting distance of this marker); 24th Street Park (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in North Virginia Beach.
 
President-Little Belt Affair Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon D Cross, June 14, 2017
4. President-Little Belt Affair Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 23, 2017, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 220 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 23, 2017, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.

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