Reedville in Northumberland County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The War of 1812 / African Americans in the War of 1812
The War of 1812
Impressment of Americans into British service and the violation of American ships were among the causes of America’s War of 1812 with the British, which lasted until 1815. Beginning in 1813, Virginians suffered from a British naval blockade of the Chesapeake Bay and from British troops’ plundering the countryside by the Bay and along the James, Rappahannock, and Potomac rivers. The Virginia militia deflected a British attempt to take Norfolk in 1813, and engaged British forces throughout the war. By the end of the war, more than 2000 enslaved African Americans in Virginia had gained their freedom aboard British ships.
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African Americans in the War of 1812
During the War of 1812, thousands of enslaved African Americans gained freedom by fighting for the British or serving as guides during British raids on coastal communities. Many were given the choice of enlisting in the armed services or settling in various locations throughout the British Empire. East of here on Tangier Island, at the British base of Fort Albion, the British trained African Americans to serve in the Colonial Marines. From Fort Albion, the Colonial Marines, along with British troops, engaged the Virginia militia in numerous landings along the Northern
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Erected 2010 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number O-69.)
Location. 37° 50.541′ N, 76° 17.246′ W. Marker is in Reedville, Virginia, in Northumberland County. Marker can be reached from Buzzards Point Road (Virginia Route 656) 0.6 miles east of Fairport Road (Virginia Route 646), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Located in the Buzzard Point Marina parking lot. Marker is at or near this postal address: 468 Buzzards Point Road, Reedville VA 22539, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Indian Prisoners Abandoned on Tangier Island (a few steps from this marker); Morris-Fisher Stack (approx. ¾ mile away); Reedville (approx. one mile away); Julius Rosenwald High School (approx. 1.2 miles away); Shiloh School (approx. 5.7 miles away); Jessie Ball duPont (approx. 7.1 miles away); Hughlett Point Natural Area Preserve (approx. 7.1 miles away); Morattico Baptist Church (approx. 7.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Reedville.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 20, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 301 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 20, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.