“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Urbanna in Middlesex County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Civil War

Urbanna, Virginia


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By Devry Becker Jones, November 25, 2021
1. Civil War Marker
Inscription.  During the Civil War, ships came and went into Urbanna Creek as the town was occupied at different times by Federal and Confederate forces. Just off the mouth of the creek, on November 8, 1861, a Union tug and steamer armed with cannons fired upon the town. A group known as the Middlesex Light Dragoons, later part of the Confederate 55th Virginia Infantry, was using the old County Courthouse building in town as barracks. As the firing began, soldiers and residents ran for safety from homes and buildings down into the Lansdowne ravine behind Virginia Street and the Spouts Cove ravine on Watling Street. The town was shelled for several hours as Union cannon balls fell upon the town. Although homes and the courthouse building were struck, legend has it that the only death from cannon fire that day was a town hare that ran out of its hole during the shelling. When Union vessels came to town, the large local slave population saw the town waterfront and those Union ships as a clear path to freedom. When word spread of Union vessels on Urbanna Creek, slaves seeking freedom ran away into the dark of night and hid in town ravines. At daylight they
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By Devry Becker Jones, November 25, 2021
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boldly walked straight down Watling, Virginia, Cross or Prince George streets to Union sailors and freedom. Several of those former slaves enlisted in the Union Army, fought in the 36th U.S. Colored Infantry, and were among Union forces that invaded Middlesex in 1861. Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan proposed to President Abraham Lincoln, the "Urbanna Plan", a military plan to move Union forces behind Confederate flanks and invade Richmond through Urbanna. Just before the invasion of the town in March of 1862, Confederate forces moved from Manassas towards the Rappahannock River, making the plan strategically useless.
Erected by The Museum in the Streets®. (Marker Number 14.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansAnimalsWar, US CivilWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln, and the The Museum in the Streets®: Urbanna, Virginia series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1862.
Location. 37° 38.261′ N, 76° 34.239′ W. Marker is in Urbanna, Virginia, in Middlesex County. Marker is on Oyster Road, 0.1 miles north of Virginia Street (Virginia Route 602), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 210 Oyster Rd, Urbanna VA 23175, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other
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markers are within walking distance of this marker. Smith’s Snapshot (within shouting distance of this marker); Oysters (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Prettyman’s Rolling Road (about 800 feet away); A Hub For Commerce (approx. 0.2 miles away); John Mitchell’s Map (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Tobacco Warehouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); Urbanna Museum & Visitors Center (approx. 0.2 miles away); Tobacco Road (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Urbanna.
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 26, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 25, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 32 times since then. Last updated on November 25, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 25, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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