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

Battle of Big Bethel

 
 
Battle of Big Bethel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 26, 2010
1. Battle of Big Bethel Marker
Inscription. On 10 June 1861, the first land battle of the Civil War in present-day Virginia took place here at Big Bethel Church. Maj. Gen. Benjamin F. Butler, commanding at Fort Monroe, sent converging columns at night from Hampton and Newport News for a dawn attack against Confederate outposts there. The 1,408 Confederates, led by Cols. John B. Magruder and D. H. Hill, fell back to their entrenchments behind Brick Kiln Creek, near the church. Some 4,400 Federals under Brig. Gen. Ebenezer W. Pierce pursued, launched two disjointed attacks, and were repulsed. They then retreated to Fort Monroe, leaving the Confederates in control of most of the Peninsula.
 
Erected 2000 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number W-66.)
 
Location. 37° 5.474′ N, 76° 25.553′ W. Marker is in Hampton, Virginia. Marker can be reached from Big Bethel Road (Virginia Route 600) 0.1 miles north of Semple Farm Road. Touch for map. This marker is located just inside the entrance to the Big Bethel Recreation Area. Marker is in this post office area: Hampton VA 23666, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Henry Lawson Wyatt (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Battle of Big Bethel
Battle of Big Bethel Markers image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 26, 2010
2. Battle of Big Bethel Markers
(within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Battle of Big Bethel (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Battle of Big Bethel (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Battle of Big Bethel (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Battle of Big Bethel (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Battle of Big Bethel (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Big Bethel Union Monument (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hampton.
 
Also see . . .  Battle of Big Bethel. CWSAC Battle Summary (Submitted on March 26, 2010.) 
 
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Big Bethel Reservoir image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 26, 2010
3. Big Bethel Reservoir
Much of the Big Bethel battlefield lies underneath the reservoir.
The only remaining earthwork from the Battle of Big Bethel image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 26, 2010
4. The only remaining earthwork from the Battle of Big Bethel
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 26, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 3,735 times since then and 165 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 26, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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