Virginia Beach, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The War of 1812 / President – Little Belt Aﬀair
President-Little Belt Affair. British and French harassment of United States merchant vessels, including British impressments of American seaman, resulted in U.S. Naval patrols along the Atlantic coast early in the 19th century. The 44-gun USF President, commanded by Comm. John Rodgers, sighted an unidentified foreign warship off Cape Henry and followed it southward on 16 May 1811. Communication problems created confusion, and the ships exchanged broadsides. The foreign ship, identified the next morning as the 20-gun British sloop Little Belt, was badly damaged. This incident amplified disagreement about freedom of the seas, which contributed to the U.S. declaration of war against
Erected 2010 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number KV-18.)
Location. 36° 51.129′ N, 75° 58.523′ W. Marker is in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and 24th Street. Touch for map. Located in the rear, NE corner of the Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2401 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach VA 23451, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The United States Life-Saving Service Stations & Crews (a few steps from this marker); The Wreck of the Dictator and The Norwegian Lady Statue (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sister Cities (about 600 feet away); Naval Aviation Monument Park (about 600 feet away); Naval Air Station Oceana (about 600 feet away); Neptune (approx. half a mile away); Neighborhood Alert! (approx. half a mile away); Who's in the neighborhood? (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Virginia Beach.
Categories. • Colonial Era • War of 1812 • Waterways & Vessels •
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