“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

North, Virginia Historical Markers

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By Bernard Fisher
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Virginia (Mathews County), North — By Land And By SeaFederal Incursions in Mathews County
Although no major battles were fought in Mathews County, Union forces made several incursions during the war. One occurred in November 1862 to disrupt salt production and “contraband [military supplies] trade” with Maryland Confederates. . . . — Map (db m74688) HM
Virginia (Mathews County), North — Civil War In Mathews CountyUnion African American Sailors
The U.S. Navy’s longstanding tradition of recruiting black sailors enabled several runaways from Mathews County to enlist aboard Potomac Flotilla and North Atlantic Blockading Squadron warships. On January 30, 1862, the logbook of USS Young . . . — Map (db m74691) HM
Virginia (Mathews County), North — Civil War In Mathews CountyConfederate Units and Leaders
Fort Nonsense is a conspicuous reminder of Mathews County's Civil War history. When war broke out, men between the ages of 21 and 45 were mustered for service in the 61st Virginia Militia Regiment. Company H became known as the Mathews Light . . . — Map (db m74692) HM
Virginia (Mathews County), North — Civil War In Mathews CountyArtillery Position
Fort Nonsense today consists of two sections of earthworks divided by a road trace. Archaeological evidence suggests that the fort's parapet extended across present-day Routes 3 and 14 to reach the exiting natural obstacles. The northerly-facing . . . — Map (db m74693) HM
Virginia (Mathews County), North — Field FortificationsDefensive Earthworks
During the Civil War, many of the officers on both sides—even those who gained fame as infantry or cavalry commanders—were first trained as engineers at the United States Military Academy at West Point or the Virginia . . . — Map (db m74689) HM
Virginia (Mathews County), North — Fort NonsenseSmart’s Mill/North End Mill Fortifications
These earthworks are the remains of Fort Nonsense, first called the Smart's Mill or North End Mill fortification. Enslaved black laborers under the supervision of 2nd Lt. William Henry Clarke, an engineer who graduated from Virginia Military . . . — Map (db m74687) HM
Virginia (Mathews County), North — Fort NonsenseHow was Fort Nonsense Built?
The construction of an earthen fortification like Fort Nonsense required an enormous amount of labor. A clear field of fire was created as men with axes chopped down the trees in front of the work. Logs framed the fort's outline and . . . — Map (db m74690) HM
Virginia (Mathews County), North — NN-3 — John Clayton, Botanist
One and a half miles north is the site of his home "Windsor" where he developed an excellent botanical garden. He was first president, Virginia Society for the Promotion of Useful Knowledge, and clerk of Gloucester County from 1722 until his death . . . — Map (db m30123) HM
Virginia (Mathews County), North — Mathews CountyHistoric Sites
Mathews County has numerous historic sites that reflect a rich history dating to the first English settlement early in the 1640s. Formed in 1791 from the Kingston Parish section of Gloucester County, Mathews County is named for Gen. . . . — Map (db m74686) HM
Virginia (Mathews County), North — Z-8 — Mathews County / Gloucester County
Mathews County Area 94 Square Miles Formed in 1790 from Gloucester and named for Colonel Thomas Mathews, Revolutionary soldier. Gwynn's Island, from which Dunmore was driven in 1776, is here. Gloucester County Area 223 . . . — Map (db m74705) HM

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