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Crewe in Nottoway County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Peter Francisco: Hercules of the Revolution

 
 
Peter Francisco: Hercules of the Revolution Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), September 24, 2021
1. Peter Francisco: Hercules of the Revolution Marker
Inscription.  
The 'Virginia Giant', the 'Giant of the Revolution', the 'Hercules of the Revolution' and Washington's 'One Man Army'.

Coming to an End…
Francisco returned to Prince Edward County, VA and enlisted in the horse company of Captain Thomas Watkins attached to Colonel William Washington's cavalry. Engaged at the battle of the Guilford Court House, he was again wounded "from the knee to the socket of the hip". He reportedly slew eleven enemy soldiers with his large broadsword at Guilford where a monument is erected in his memory. Captain John Woodson of Cumberland County left in the field with Francisco and recollected "he was very Bloody and also was his Sword from point to hilt." He was later ordered to Yorktown where, at the age of 21, he watched the British surrender.

After the War..
In later years, Francisco was the Sergeant at Arms for the Virginia General Assembly. He died of appendicitis on January 16, 1831 at age 70 and was buried with full military honors at Shockhoe Cemetery in Richmond.

James Allen Chapter DAR Francisco Memorials
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James Allen Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution established a marker at the site of Francisco's Fight at Ward's Tavern and later worked to have March 15, the anniversary of the battle of Guilford Court House, recognized throughout Virginia as Peter Francisco Day.
 
Erected by The Town of Crewe, Virginia; funded in part, by the James Allen Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) series list. A significant historical date for this entry is January 16, 1831.
 
Location. 37° 10.662′ N, 78° 7.703′ W. Marker is in Crewe, Virginia, in Nottoway County. Marker is on West Virginia Avenue (U.S. 460) just east of Lee Street (County Road T-1031), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 306 W Virginia Ave, Crewe VA 23930, 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. Peter Francisco: Washington's One Man Army (here, next to this marker); Peter Francisco's Fight: Fact or Fiction? (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Tarleton's Southside Virginia Raid (about 300 feet away); Crewe (about 300 feet away); Veterans Memorial
Peter Francisco: Hercules of the Revolution Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), September 24, 2021
2. Peter Francisco: Hercules of the Revolution Marker
(about 400 feet away); Roger Atkinson Pryor (about 400 feet away); Lottie Moon (approx. 0.6 miles away); Civilian Conservation Corps Company 1370 (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Crewe.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 25, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 25, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 201 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 25, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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