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Hampton Roads in Hampton, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Battle of Big Bethel

 
 
Battle of Big Bethel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 28, 2017
1. Battle of Big Bethel Marker
Inscription.  On June 10, 1861, Confederate forces under Colonel John Bankhead Magruder engaged numerically superior Federal forces under Brigadier General Ebenzer W. Pierce in what is recognized as the first planned land engagement of the Civil War.

After a hotly contested struggle of four hours duration near Big Bethel Church, the Federal assault was repulsed and Pierce withdrew his men to Fort Monroe and Camp Butler. The Federals sustained 76 casualties, the Confederates 8. The South was jubilant over this signal victory.
 
Erected by Bethel Chapter U.D.C.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
 
Location. 37° 5.49′ N, 76° 25.565′ W. Marker is in Hampton Roads in Hampton, Virginia. Marker can be reached from Big Bethel Road (Virginia Route 600) 0.1 miles north of Semple Farm Road, on the left when traveling north. Located in Bethel Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hampton VA 23666, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Battle of Big Bethel (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Battle of Big Bethel
Battle of Big Bethel UDC Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 28, 2017
2. Battle of Big Bethel UDC Marker
(here, next to this marker); Battle of Big Bethel Union Monument (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Battle of Big Bethel (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Battle of Big Bethel (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Battle of Big Bethel (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Battle of Big Bethel (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Battle of Big Bethel (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hampton Roads.
 
Battle of Big Bethel Markers image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 28, 2017
3. Battle of Big Bethel Markers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 29, 2017, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 183 times since then and 5 times this year. Last updated on November 30, 2020, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 29, 2017, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.
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