Chesapeake, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Marshall Family
Thomas Marshall of Fauquier County served as a vestryman, High Sheriff, and member of the House of Burgesses. He was a close boyhood friend of George Washington, who helped him become a successful surveyor.
Marshall and his wife, Mary Randolph Keith, raised ten children in “The Hollow,” a 16 X 28 foot house with two rooms and a loft, which still stands today near Markham in northern Virginia. Mary was well educated, and together they provided an education for their children that was well beyond their meager means.
Thomas was a leader in organizing the Culpeper Minutemen in 1775. He was appointed major and was second in command of the minutemen force at Great Bridge.
Marshall’s oldest son John was a lieutenant of the Culpeper Minutemen at age 19. He was at the Battle of Great Bridge and would later describe the battle in his five volume biography of George Washington, written while serving as Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
John Marshall’s biographer referred to the impact the battle had on the young lieutenant, writing, “The young soldier in this brief time saw a flash of the great truth that liberty can be made a reality and then possessed only by men who are strong,
A young servant of Major Thomas Marshall named William was reported to have deserted and informed Lord Dunmore that “not more than 300 shirt-men were here.” Historians debate whether he actually deserted or was “tutored” to mislead Dunmore. In either case, the Virginia Gazette reported that the misinformation was a factor that prompted Dunmore to order the attack on December 9th.
Erected 2012 by Great Bridge Battlefield & Waterways History Foundation.
Location. 36° 43.273′ N, 76° 14.372′ W. Marker is in Chesapeake, Virginia. Marker can be reached from the intersection of North Battlefield Boulevard (Business Virginia Route 168) and Watson Road, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chesapeake VA 23320, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Great Bridge Marshall Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Billy Flora (a few steps from this marker); Battle of Great Bridge DAR Monument (within shouting distance Planning a Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); The Day is Our Own! (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Murray (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of the Original Causeway (within shouting distance of this marker); Father & Son Canal Builders (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chesapeake.
Also see . . . Great Bridge Battlefield & Waterways History Foundation. (Submitted on April 29, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 29, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 668 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 29, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. 6. submitted on April 1, 2013, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.