Virginia Beach, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Skirmish at Kempís Landing
Lord Dunmore, royal governor of Virginia, led a detachment of the British 14th Regiment to this area on 15 Nov. 1775 to disrupt militiamen forming in resistance to royal authority. The Princess Anne militia, waiting in a thicket, fired on the British advance guard. Heavy return fire scattered the militia and killed several men. Dunmoreís force augmented by African American volunteers who had escaped from slavery, took a number of prisoners, including Col. Joseph Hutchings. The emboldened Dunmore issued a proclamation declaring martial law and offering freedom to slaves willing to fight for the king. Many militiamen and others subsequently signed oaths of loyalty to the Crown.
Erected 2018 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number KV-27.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Colonial Era • Patriots & Patriotism • War, US Revolutionary.
Location. 36° 49.598′ N, 76° 9.65′ W. Marker is in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Marker Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Virginia Beach VA 23462, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Skirmish Of Kempsville (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Princess Anne County Courthouse (about 600 feet away); Kempsville (about 700 feet away); Princess Anne County Training School/Union Kempsville High School (approx. 1.1 miles away); New Town (approx. 1.9 miles away); Seal of the City of Virginia Beach (approx. 2 miles away); Lake Trashmore Bank Stabilization (approx. 2.1 miles away); The Pembroke Manor House (approx. 2.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Virginia Beach.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 29, 2019, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 140 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 29, 2019, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.