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Portsmouth, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Fort Nelson

 
 
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By Scott Rollins, June 23, 2009
1. Fort Nelson Marker
Inscription. On the site of Portsmouth’s Naval Hospital stood Fort Nelson. There, Virginia’s Revolutionary government late in 1776 constructed the fort of timber and rammed earth. Three years later, the British fleet commanded by Admiral Sir George Collier confiscated its artillery and supplies and destroyed most of the parapet. In 1779 – 1781, Lord Cornwallis and General Benedict Arnold occupied the fort. It was reconstructed in 1799 of earth lined with brick, following a design by architect B. Henry Latrobe, and abandoned after the War of 1812. The Confederate government strengthened Fort Nelson, but on 10 May 1862 the Union army occupied Norfolk and Fort Nelson.
 
Erected 1997 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number K-265.)
 
Location. 36° 50.416′ N, 76° 18.108′ 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. Olde Towne Portsmouth (a few steps from this marker); Cornwallis at Portsmouth (within shouting distance of this marker); Arnold's British Defenses, 1781
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By Mike Wintermantel, February 12, 2014
2. Fort Nelson Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Craney Island (within shouting distance of this marker); Crawford Bay (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Collier's Raid (about 700 feet away); Watts House (about 700 feet away); The Yellow Fever of 1855 (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Portsmouth.
 
Categories. War of 1812War, US CivilWar, US Revolutionary
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 27, 2009, by Kristin Rollins of Portsmouth, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,128 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on July 27, 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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