Near Colonial Beach in Westmoreland County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Soldier - Statesman President James Monroe
On the morning of December 26, 1776, a small detachment of American Light Infantry, led by Lieutenant James Monroe, aged 19, breached the Hessian defenses at Trenton. This gallant action, in which Monroe was severely wounded, enabled the Continental Forces under George Washington to prevail. The American Revolution had begun its long march to victory at Yorktown, Virginia.
The patriotism, valor, and combat leadership of James Monroe exemplify character strengths of the citizen soldiers who fought to establish the nation and later served it as civilian leaders, which Monroe was to do as Statesman and President.
This "Living Legacy" dedicated April 22, 1989, in his honor by the Honorable John Warner, United States Senate; the Honorable John O. Marsh, Jr., Secretary of the Army; the Honorable Everett W. O'Neal, Westmoreland County Supervisors; Colonel Larry E. Gilman, Virginia National Guard; the Reverend Charles Keyser; and Mrs Virginia Sherman.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Patriots & Patriotism War, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #05 James Monroe series list. A significant historical date for this entry is April 22, 1875.
Location. 38° 14.484′ N, 76° 59.357′ W. Marker is near Colonial Beach, Virginia, in Westmoreland County. Marker can be reached from James Monroe Highway (Virginia Route 205) 0.3 miles north of Old Road, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Colonial Beach VA 22443, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Birthright and Beginnings (within shouting distance of this marker); Monroe's Childhood Home (within shouting distance of this marker); Interpreting the Birthplace Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Birthplace of James Monroe (within shouting distance of this marker); Revolutionary Idealist (within shouting distance of this marker); James Monroe Birthplace (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); James Monroe's Virginia Legacy (about 400 feet away); Virginia's Northern Neck (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Colonial Beach.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 5, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 30, 2008, by Gary D. Carter of King George, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,109 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 24, 2008, by Gary D. Carter of King George, Virginia. 3. submitted on July 5, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.