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Near Nokomis in Northumberland County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

British Raids on the Coan River

 
 
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By J. J. Prats, August 30, 2009
1. British Raids on the Coan River Marker
Inscription. During the War of 1812, on 7 Aug. 1814 ten British ships and smaller vessels appeared on the Coan River, which flows into the Potomac. The invaders sent three barges to capture three American schooners situated within two miles of Northumberland Court House. The Lancaster County militia repulsed the attack until British reinforcements arrived. Before leaving, the British seized the schooners and destroyed property at Northumberland Court House. On 4 Oct. 1814, two British detachments of 3,000 infantry invaded Northumberland County from the Coan River. After initially resisting, the outnumbered militia retreated. The British captured ammunition, arms, and personal property before debarking.
 
Erected 2001 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number JT-9.)
 
Location. 37° 56.154′ N, 76° 30.141′ W. Marker is near Nokomis, Virginia, in Northumberland County. Marker is at the intersection of Northumberland Highway (U.S. 360) and Forrest Landing Road (County Route 612), on the right when traveling west on Northumberland Highway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Heathsville VA 22473, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow
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By J. J. Prats, August 30, 2009
2. British Raids on the Coan River Marker
flies. Coan Baptist Church (within shouting distance of this marker); John Heath (approx. 1.6 miles away); St. Stephen’s Parish (approx. 1.9 miles away); Rice’s Hotel, Hughlett’s Tavern (approx. 2.1 miles away); Freedom for Slaves of Robert Carter III (approx. 2.1 miles away); Northumberland Courthouse Square (approx. 2.1 miles away); Holley Graded School (approx. 2.1 miles away); Northumberland County Confederate Monument (approx. 2.1 miles away).
 
More about this marker. It appears the last word of the inscription should read “embarking” rather than “debarking.”
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 17, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 919 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 17, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.
 
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