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

Revolutionary Camp

 
 
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By James Thomson
1. Revolutionary Camp Marker
Inscription. On 10 May 1779, during the Revolutionary War, a British expeditionary force commanded by Gen. Edward Matthews disembarked in Portsmouth to capture the major Tidewater Virginia towns. About 200 Nansemond County militia under Col. Willis Riddick immediately assembled in Suffolk and marched toward Portsmouth. The soldiers camped here in a field in front of Capt. James Murdaugh's house on the night of 11 May, while several officers slept in nearby dwellings. A British advance party surprised two captains at Hargrove's Tavern a mile east, killing one. The militia retreated to Suffolk and later dispersed as the enemy approached. The British burned Suffolk on 13 May.
 
Erected 1998 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number K 254.)
 
Location. 36° 48′ N, 76° 31.107′ W. Marker is in Suffolk, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Nansemond Parkway (Virginia Route 337) and Whitley Lane, on the right when traveling south on Nansemond Parkway. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3228 Nansemond Parkway, Suffolk VA 23435, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. James Bowser Plantation (approx. 1.1 miles away); James Bowser, Revolutionary Soldier
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By James Thomson
2. Revolutionary Camp Marker
(approx. 1.6 miles away); Sleepy Hole Ferry (approx. 1.9 miles away); Yeates School (approx. 1.9 miles away); Bennett's Home (approx. 2 miles away); Hargrove's Tavern (approx. 2.1 miles away); Glebe Church (approx. 2.1 miles away); Florence Graded School (approx. 2.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Suffolk.
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesPatriots & PatriotismWar, US Revolutionary
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 23, 2011, by James Thomson of Chesapeake, United States. This page has been viewed 726 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 23, 2011, by James Thomson of Chesapeake, United States. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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