Charles City in Charles City County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Eye Witness to a Revolution
On January 8, 1781, General Benedict Arnold sent Lt. Col. John Grave Simcoe and the Queen’s Rangers to attack militia encamped at Charles City Courthouse. The Virginia militia, commanded by Col. Dudley, was surprised and fled. One ranger and four or five members of the militia were killed in the engagement.
Raverly Going enlisted in the 6th Virginia Regiment of the Continental Army. He died in service, during the northern campaign, and his heirs were awarded a bounty for his service. Would it surprise you to know that he was a free African American?
Erected by Charles City Courthouse, Waste Management.
Location. 37° 20.505′ N, 77° 4.353′ W. Marker is in Charles City, Virginia, in Charles City County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Courthouse Road (Virginia Route 155) and Watermelon Fields Road. The marker is on the lawn of the old Charles City Courthouse. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Charles City VA 23030, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Shifting Ground (a few steps from this marker); Three Courthouse Essentials (a few steps from this marker); America’s 3rd Oldest Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Isaac Brandon Lynched, 6 April 1892 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Charles City C. H. (approx. 0.2 miles away); New Hope & Court House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Greenway (approx. 0.6 miles away); North Bend (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charles City.
More about this marker. On the upper left is a "Jean-Batiste-Antoine de Verger water-color drawing of American foot-soldiers during the Yorktown campaign, 1781. Courtesy Anne S. K. Brown Military Collection, Brown University Library."
On the upper right is a page from "Charles City Militia Book. Courtesy Library of Congress." Also on the upper right are portraits of “Gen. Benedict Arnold” and “Lt. Col. Simcoe”.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 8, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 960 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 8, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.