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Capture of the 'Patriot'

 
 
Capture Of The 'Patriot' Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 31, 2010
1. Capture Of The 'Patriot' Marker
Inscription.  The 'Patriot', 60-ton Virginia Navy armed schooner commanded by Lieut. James Watkins, was charged with the defense of Warwick Co. inhabitants then harassed by British plundering expeditions. In April 1781, in the James River offshore, the 'Patriot" was taken by a heavily-manned and armed Royal Navy sloop in disguise. She then joined Cornwallis' fleet in the York and passed to the French by terms of capitulation.
 
Erected 1976 by Free State of Warwick Chapter, DAR.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: War, US RevolutionaryWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Virginia, Corporation of Newport News series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1781.
 
Location. 37° 2.513′ N, 76° 29.296′ W. Marker is in Newport News, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Museum Drive and Museum parkway, on the left when traveling west on Museum Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Newport News VA 23601, 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
Museum Dr & Museum Pkwy image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 31, 2010
2. Museum Dr & Museum Pkwy
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. Skirmish at Waters Creek (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Admiralty Pattern Anchor (approx. 0.8 miles away); USS Monitor: America's First Ironclad (approx. 0.8 miles away); US Navy Admiralty Pattern Anchor (approx. 0.9 miles away); Spanish Bronze Gun (approx. 0.9 miles away); a different marker also named Spanish Bronze Gun (approx. 0.9 miles away); Morrison (approx. 1.2 miles away); Waters Creek (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newport News.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 29, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 3, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 743 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 3, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.

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