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Chesapeake, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery

Home of the Jackson Greys

Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Chris Bieber, August 6, 2011
1. Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery Marker
Inscription.  This is the former site of the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. The monument to the "Jackson Greys" honors the regiment that was formed on the grounds of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church by Capt. (later Lieutenant Colonel) William H. Stewart who lived nearby in his home "Beechwood". Hundreds of other local men served in this company, including Lt. William Wallace of "Glencoe", who was killed during the August 19, 1864, Battle of Weldon Railroad.

The Jackson Greys were recruited from St. Bride's Parish of Norfolk County and named after Mr. James W. Jackson. Jackson was the proprietor of the Marshall House in Alexandria, Virginia. He killed Col. Elmer Ellsworth of the New York Fire Zouaves when Ellsworth removed the Confederate flag from his hotel. Jackson was also killed during the melee.

The Jackson Greys were mustered into Confederate service as Co. A, 61st Virginia Volunteer Regiment and initially served at the Gosport Navy Yard. In December 1861, the company was transferred to Sewwll's Point where the unit saw action during the CSS Virginia's (Merrimack) March 8, 1862, sortie against the USS Congress and USS Cumberland. The
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By Chris Bieber, August 6, 2011
2. Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery
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Greys served in the most advanced battery at Sewell's Point and often exchanged cannon fire with Fort Wool on the Rip Raps in the middle of Hampton Roads.

When Norfolk was evacuated, the unit was stationed at Bermuda Hundred near Petersburg and traded cannon fire with Union gunboats at Port Walthall on June 26, 1862. After duty near Bristone Station, the 61st was assigned to Mahone's Brigade, Army of Northern Virginia. The unit fought at the Battles of Salem Church, Gettysburg, the Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House, Cold Harbor, Wilcox Farm, the Crater, Weldon Rail Road, Burgess Mill and Hatcher's Run. The Jackson Greys served with honor throughout the war and surrendered at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865.
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails series list. A significant historical date for this entry is March 8, 1862.
Location. 36° 37.782′ N, 76° 14.579′ W. Marker is in Chesapeake, Virginia. Marker is on St. Brides Road ¼ mile south of Benefit Road, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chesapeake VA 23322, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. St. Bride's Church (approx. 2.6 miles away); Seven Patriot Heroes
Jackson Greys Monument image. Click for full size.
By Chris Bieber, August 6, 2011
3. Jackson Greys Monument
(approx. 4.2 miles away); The Cuffeytown Thirteen (approx. 4.4 miles away); Great Bridge Schoolhouse Monument (approx. 5.7 miles away); Norfolk County Almshouse (approx. 5.9 miles away); Southern Branch Chapel / Battle of Great Bridge / Wilson Family (approx. 6 miles away); Battle of Great Bridge Monument (approx. 6 miles away); Dividing Line (approx. 6.2 miles away in North Carolina). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chesapeake.
James W. Jackson image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 13, 2014
4. James W. Jackson
This photo by an unknown photographer of James W. Jackson, hangs in the Fort Ward Museum in Alexandria Virginia.

“In 1861, Jackson was 37 years old. His biographer described Jackson's face as ‘remarkable in its expression…Grim, stern, obstinate determination was stamped emphatically on every feature. The forehead was low, and on it hair, always kept short, stood up defiantly.’” – Fort Ward Museum
Credits. This page was last revised on April 29, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 7, 2011, by Chris Bieber of Chesapeake, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,747 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 7, 2011, by Chris Bieber of Chesapeake, Virginia.   4. submitted on August 6, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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May. 6, 2021