Newport News, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
1862 Peninsula Campaign
This earthwork, part of McClellan’s extensive siege works, marked the second position of Captain Thaddeus Mott’s 3rd New York Battery during the April 16, 1862 Battle of Dam No. 1. Mott’s battery, containing two 12-pound Napoleon smoothbores and four 10-pound Parrott rifles, supported the strike against the Confederate one-gun battery at Dam No. 1. During the engagement, Mott’s battery suffered ten casualties, and Confederate counter-battery fire disabled one of the Parrot rifles.
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 37° 10.917′ N, 76° 32.146′ W. Marker is in Newport News, Virginia. Marker can be reached from Constitution Way, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located in Newport News Park, on the Two Forts Walking Trail on the south side of Lee Hall Reservoir. Marker is in this post office area: Newport News VA 23603, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Peninsula Campaign Warwick River (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Dam No. 1 (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Battle of Lee’s Mill (Dam Number 1) (about 400 feet away); Custer’s Covered Way (about 400 feet away); Third Regiment Vermont Volunteer Infantry (about 400 feet away); Ten Pound Parrott Rifle and Limber (about 600 feet away); Berdan’s Sharpshooters (about 700 feet away); One-Gun Battery (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newport News.
More about this marker. The upper right of the marker features a map of Confederate Defenses on the Peninsula, Courtesy of the Virginia War Museum. The upper left contains photographs of Maj. Gen. George B.. McClellan and Maj. Gen. John B. Magruder, Courtesy of the Library of Congress and
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Markers on the Two Forts Walking Trail in Newport News Park.
Also see . . .
1. Yorktown. CWSAC Battle Summaries. (Submitted on September 8, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. Tidewater Virginia, The 1862 Peninsula Campaign. Civil War Traveler. (Submitted on September 8, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 8, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,311 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 8, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.