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Cornwallis at Portsmouth

 
 
Cornwallis at Portsmouth Marker image. Click for full size.
By Scott Rollins, June 23, 2009
1. Cornwallis at Portsmouth Marker
Inscription. Lord Cornwallis, commanding the British troops in the south, reached Portsmouth, July, 1781. He prepared to send a portion of his force to New York. Before the movement was made, orders came for him to take up a position at Old Point. Cornwallis selected Yorktown, however, and Portsmouth was abandoned.
 
Erected 1948 by Virginia Conservation Commission. (Marker Number Q-8F.)
 
Location. 36° 50.416′ N, 76° 18.091′ W. Marker is in Portsmouth, Virginia. Marker is on Crawford Parkway west of Court Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is 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 marker. Arnold's British Defenses, 1781 (here, next to this marker); Olde Towne Portsmouth (a few steps from this marker); Fort Nelson (within shouting distance of this marker); Craney Island (within shouting distance of this marker); Crawford Bay (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Arnold's British Defenses, 1781 (was about 700 feet away,
Cornwallis at Portsmouth Marker (on right) image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, February 12, 2014
2. Cornwallis at Portsmouth Marker (on right)
Arnold's British Defenses marker on left
measured in a direct line but has been reported missing. ); Elizabeth River (was about 700 feet away but has been reported missing. ); Portsmouth Naval Hospital (was about 700 feet away but has been reported missing. ). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Portsmouth.
 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 26, 2009, by Kristin Rollins of Portsmouth, Virginia. This page has been viewed 641 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on July 26, 2009, by Kristin Rollins of Portsmouth, Virginia.   2. submitted on February 14, 2014, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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