Near Stafford in Stafford County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Between May 29 and June 1, 1861, Union gunboats on the Potomac River, ahead of you, fired more than 700 rounds at the landing. Union shells damaged several houses along the waterfront and tore up sections of railroad track but otherwise inflicted little damage. Return fire by the Confederates struck the U.S.S. Pawnee nine times and caused another attacking vessel, the U.S.S. Thomas Freeborn, to take on water. Incredibly, no one on either side was killed. “The only damage to our side,” observed a confederate spectator, “was the death of a chicken, though a stray ball killed a horse on the opposite side of the creek.”
Although the artillery exchange at Aquia Landing had no lasting impact on the war and
(caption under main picture) “Bombardment of the confederate batteries at Aquia Creek, Virginia, by the U.S.S Pawnee and Freeborn, May 31, 1861” by Alfred R. Waud
(caption under small picture) Sketch of the U.S.S. Pawnee.
Erected by Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Military • Notable Events • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails series list. A significant historical date for this entry is May 29, 1863.
Location. 38° 22.905′ N, 77° 19.167′ W. Marker is near Stafford, Virginia, in Stafford County. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 56 Canterbury Dr, Stafford VA 22554, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battle of Aquia Landing (within shouting distance of this marker); History of the Patawomeck Indians (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Aquia Landing (about 400 feet away); Mason's Homestead (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Aquia Landing Patawomeck Tribe Village (approx. 0.3 miles away); Steamships, Stages and Slave Trade (approx. 0.6 miles away); Early Escape Route (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Stafford.
Regarding Aquia Landing. Access to this marker is from the “Aquia Landing - The Railroad” marker location.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 22, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 29, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,811 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on August 29, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. 2. submitted on May 23, 2022, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 29, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. 6. submitted on May 23, 2022, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.