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Arnold's British Defenses, 1781

 
 
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By Scott Rollins, June 23, 2009
1. Arnold's British Defenses, 1781 Marker
Inscription. This marks the northern limit of a line of British redoubts erected in March 1781 by order of Brigadier General Benedict Arnold who, under Major General William Phillips, commanded British troops occupying Portsmouth. This line of fortifications extended in an arc south along Dinwiddie and Washington Streets to Gosport Creek and defended Portsmouth from American attack from the west.
 
Erected 1962 by Virginia State Library. (Marker Number Q 8-p.)
 
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 36° 50.419′ N, 76° 17.956′ W. Marker was in Portsmouth, Virginia. Marker was on Crawford Parkway 0.1 miles east of Court Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Portsmouth VA 23704, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Elizabeth River (was here, next to this marker but has been reported missing. ); Portsmouth Naval Hospital (was here, next to this marker but has been reported missing. ); Crawford Bay (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Craney Island (about 600 feet away); Cornwallis at Portsmouth (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named Arnold's British Defenses, 1781 (about 700 feet away); Olde Towne Portsmouth (about 700 feet away); Spanish-American War 1898-1902 (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Portsmouth.
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US Revolutionary
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 24, 2009, by Kristin Rollins of Portsmouth, Virginia. This page has been viewed 658 times since then and 44 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on July 24, 2009, by Kristin Rollins of Portsmouth, Virginia. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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