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Great Bridge in Chesapeake, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Battle of Great Bridge Monument

 
 
Battle of Great Bridge Monument (front) image. Click for full size.
By Cynthia L. Clark, January 25, 2018
1. Battle of Great Bridge Monument (front)
Inscription.  
(front)
This stone
marks the Battlefield of
Great Bridge
Dec 9 1775
(rear)
This monument
was moved to this location
December 9, 1964
on the 189th anniversary of
the Battle of Great Bridge.

The site of
the battle was approximately
a mile northeast of here.

 
Erected 1900 by Daughters of the American Revolution, Norfolk Virginia.
 
Topics and series. This memorial monument is listed in this topic list: War, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution series list.
 
Location. 36° 42.967′ N, 76° 14.909′ W. Marker is in Great Bridge in Chesapeake, Virginia. Memorial is on Conquest Drive north of Shea Drive, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chesapeake VA 23322, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Norfolk County Almshouse (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Southern Branch Chapel / Battle of Great Bridge / Wilson Family
Battle of Great Bridge Monument (rear) image. Click for full size.
By Cynthia L. Clark, January 25, 2018
2. Battle of Great Bridge Monument (rear)
(approx. half a mile away); Village of Great Bridge (approx. half a mile away); What is a Lock? (approx. half a mile away); Why Build a Canal Here? (approx. half a mile away); The Iron Titans Tame the Marsh? (approx. half a mile away); Liquid Highways (approx. half a mile away); The Battle of Great Bridge (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Great Bridge.
 
More about this monument. Discolored perhaps by age, the inscribed plaques on this 117-year old monument refuse to be photogenic when a camera lens is feet, rather than inches, away from them. Recently taken photos as well as the one copied from Chesapeake: A Pictorial History attest to this.

The first of two monuments erected in Great Bridge by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), this one originally stood on Route 168. The second one was erected in Battlefield Park in 2007. See the Related marker section for more details.

In 1964 this Battle of Great Bridge Monument was moved to Chesapeake municipal complex near what was then known as the Civic Center. The new location, per a newly added plaque, placed the battle site at approximately a mile northeast of the monument. It is likely that the monument was moved again – just slightly – within the complex since then. A comparison of the copied photo with the recently taken ones shows a change in the monument’s base and buildings in the background of it.

An interesting point about the area of land upon which the monument stands is that from 1637 until 1963, it was Norfolk County, not Chesapeake. A roadside marker (Nansemond County/Norfolk County, Z-235) erected in 1931 by the Conservation and Development Commission of Virginia, acknowledges that the Battle of Great Bridge occurred in Norfolk County. And Great Bridge, in 1775, was a village there.

Someday this monument will have a place to call home, a final resting place. There are plans being made to move it one more time to another location, Battlefield Park.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .  Daughters of the American Revolution. (Submitted on February 3, 2018, by Cynthia L. Clark of Suffolk, Virginia.)
 
The Battle of Great Bridge Monument (<i>front</i>). image. Click for full size.
By Cynthia L. Clark, January 25, 2018
3. The Battle of Great Bridge Monument (front).
The Battle of Great Bridge Monument (<i>rear</i>). image. Click for full size.
By Cynthia L. Clark, January 25, 2018
4. The Battle of Great Bridge Monument (rear).
Copied photo of the Battle of Great Bridge. image. Click for full size.
Courtesy of Chesapeake: A Pictorial History.
5. Copied photo of the Battle of Great Bridge.
This photo was copied from page 180 of the book, Chesapeake: A Pictorial History (1999) by Charles B. Cross, Jr. and Eleanor Cross. The caption reads: “In 1900 the Great Bridge Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution erected this monument on Route 168 to commemorate the Battle of Great Bridge. After the formation of the city of Chesapeake, the monument was moved to the Civic Center in 1964 where a site had been suitably landscaped for it. Photograph by the authors.”
An angular view of the monument. image. Click for full size.
By Cynthia L. Clark, January 25, 2018
6. An angular view of the monument.
Chesapeake’s City Hall Building is pictured in the background.
Detail of the lower plaque on the monument’s rear. image. Click for full size.
By Cynthia L. Clark, January 25, 2018
7. Detail of the lower plaque on the monument’s rear.
The inscription reads: “Great Bridge Chapter DAR Norfolk, Virginia.”
Detail of the DAR Seal on the monument’s rear. image. Click for full size.
By Cynthia L. Clark, January 25, 2018
8. Detail of the DAR Seal on the monument’s rear.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 31, 2018, by Cynthia L. Clark of Suffolk, Virginia. This page has been viewed 192 times since then and 34 times this year. Last updated on February 3, 2018, by Cynthia L. Clark of Suffolk, Virginia. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on January 31, 2018, by Cynthia L. Clark of Suffolk, Virginia.   7, 8. submitted on February 3, 2018, by Cynthia L. Clark of Suffolk, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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