Dinwiddie in Dinwiddie County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The War of 1812 / Winﬁeld Scott
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 2,000 enslaved African Americans in Virginia had gained their freedom aboard British ships.
Winfield Scott, one of America’s early military heroes, was born nearby. He attended the College of William and Mary and in 1807 received a U.S. Army commission. During the War of 1812, wounded twice, he was promoted to brigadier general. He became Army general in chief in 1841. He commanded the amphibious force that captured Mexico City in 1848, ending the Mexican-American War. Scott remained loyal during the Civil War, and his Anaconda Plan—blockading the Southern coast and severing the Confederacy in the West—presaged eventual Union victory. Scott retired in Nov. 1861
Erected 2011 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number K 337.)
Location. 37° 4.699′ N, 77° 35.19′ W. Marker is in Dinwiddie, Virginia, in Dinwiddie County. Marker is at the intersection of Boydton Plank Road (U.S. 1) and Main Street, on the right when traveling south on Boydton Plank Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dinwiddie VA 23841, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Early Education in Dinwiddie County (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dinwiddie Court House (about 400 feet away); Battle of Dinwiddie Court House (about 400 feet away); Scott's Law Office (about 700 feet away); Dinwiddie Courthouse (about 800 feet away); Vaughan Road (approx. 0.3 miles away); Chamberlain's Bed (approx. 1.1 miles away but has been reported missing); Campaign of 1781 (approx. 1.5 miles away but has been reported missing). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dinwiddie.
Categories. • African Americans • Patriots & Patriotism • War of 1812 • War, Mexican-American • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 17, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 440 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 17, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. 5. submitted on May 2, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 6. submitted on November 22, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.