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British Invasion of Richmond, January 1781

 
 
Invasion of Richmond, January 1781 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, July 28, 2007
1. Invasion of Richmond, January 1781 Marker
Inscription. On 4 Jan. 1781, British troops led by Brig. Gen. Benedict Arnold landed at Westover in Charles City County and began marching to Richmond. Learning of the threat, Governor Thomas Jefferson directed the removal of public records and military stores to safety before evacuating the capital. On 5 Jan., Arnoldís troops easily dispersed colonial forces arranged on defensive positions here on Church Hill and Shockoe Hill and occupied Richmond for twenty-four hours. Before returning the following day to Westover, the British burned some private buildings and public storehouses containing military supplies, and destroyed the foundry and some public records at nearby Westham.
 
Erected 2003 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number S 1.)
 
Location. 37° 31.921′ N, 77° 25.16′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker is on East Broad Street (U.S. 250) 0 miles east of North 24th Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Richmond VA 23223, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Saint Johnís Episcopal Church (a few steps from this marker); St. Johnís Church (within shouting distance of this marker);
Marker along E Broad Street image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, July 28, 2007
2. Marker along E Broad Street
Welcome to Historic St. Johnís Church (within shouting distance of this marker); George Wythe (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 2307 E. Broad Street (about 300 feet away); Adams-Van Lew House (about 500 feet away); Gen'l Joseph E. Johnston (about 700 feet away); Confederate (Second) Alabama Hospital (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 29, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,411 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 29, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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