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

Herring Creek

Herring Creek Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, November 19, 2016
1. Herring Creek Marker
Inscription.  Herring Creek is a tributary of the James River named for the Alewife and Blueback River Herring that historically have ascended Herring creek along with Hickory Shad to spawn between February and April, and then return to the sea where they spend most of their lives. River Herring are important forage fish (prey) for ospreys, bald eagles, striped bass, sharks, tunas, sea birds, and marine mammals.

The area surrounding Herring Creek was inhabited by Native Americans until the English settled here in 1619, establishing two tracts of land called Westover and Berkeley Hundred, bordered on the South by the James River and on the North by Herring Creek. Here were born Benjamin Harrison V, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and fifth Governor of Virginia; his son, William Henry Harrison, ninth President of the United States; and William Byrd II, who founded Richmond in 1737 at the Falls of the James.

In the 1860's Herring Creek was the site of several skirmishes between Confederate forces and the Union Army which encamped nearby. Brigadier General Nathan Kimball, U.S. Army reported: "I have the honor to report that, in
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Photographed By Bernard Fisher, November 19, 2016
2. Herring Creek Marker
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compliance with orders from General Keyes, I moved my brigade on the morning of the 3d instant across Herron [Herring] Creek to the extreme right... While reconnoitering in person I was fired at by the enemy's sharp shooters from the bushes bordering the road running north from the Charles City road..."
Erected 2016.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AnimalsColonial EraNative AmericansWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #09 William Henry Harrison, and the Signers of the Declaration of Independence series lists.
Location. 37° 19.819′ N, 77° 10.922′ W. Marker is near Charles City, Virginia, in Charles City County. Marker is at the intersection of Herring Creek Road (Virginia Route 640) and John Tyler Memorial Highway (Virginia Route 5), on the left when traveling south on Herring Creek Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Charles City VA 23030, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Stuart's Ride (approx. Ό mile away); First English Thanksgiving in Virginia (approx. half a mile away); Westover (approx. half a mile away); Berkeley Plantation or Harrison's Landing (approx. half a mile away); Herring Creek & Kimages
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(approx. half a mile away); Berkeley and Harrison's Landing (approx. 0.8 miles away); Lane to Site of First Thanksgiving (approx. 0.8 miles away); Willie Johnston (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charles City.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 19, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 19, 2016, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 511 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 19, 2016, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.

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