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Historical Markers and War Memorials in West Point
West Point, Virginia and Vicinity
▶ King William County (27) ▶ Caroline County (60) ▶ Hanover County (273) ▶ King and Queen County (21) ▶ New Kent County (45)
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|On 13 August 1781, the Marquis de Lafayette encamped his army in King William County. He placed his militia four miles east between the Pamunkey and Mattaponi Rivers and stationed his light infantry - commanded by Gen. John Peter Gabriel Muhlenburg . . . — — Map (db m25845) HM|
|About a mile to the east, August 13, 1781, Lafayette, then commanding American forces in Virginia, placed in camp his militia, consisting of Campbell's, Stevens' and Lawson's brigades. Wayne was at Westover; Muhlenberg and Febiger were in camp on . . . — — Map (db m25846) HM|
|Carter Braxton, signer of the Declaration of Independence, lived at West Point 1777-1786 after fire destroyed his plantation Chericoke, upriver on the Pamunkey. The town house no longer stands. From West Point Braxton channeled war goods to Patriot . . . — — Map (db m17602) HM|
|Shortly after paramount chief Opechancanough’s 1644 attacks on English settlers in response to the settlers’ encroachment on Indian lands, he was captured and put to death at Jamestown. His successor Necotowance signed a treaty, ratified by the . . . — — Map (db m17611) HM|
|In May 1623, Capt. William Tucker led English soldiers from Jamestown to meet with Indian leaders here in Pamunkey territory. The Indians were returning English prisoners taken in March 1622 during war leader Opechancanough’s orchestrated attacks on . . . — — Map (db m17612) HM|
King William County
Area 263 Square Miles
Formed in 1701 from King and Queen, and named for King William III. Here lived Carter Braxton, signer of the Declaration of Independence.
King and Queen . . . — — Map (db m30140) HM|
|Lt. General Lewis Burwell “Chesty” Puller, the most decorated Marine in the history of this country, was born on June 26, 1898 and grew up only a few houses away from where are standing. He joined the Marines in 1918 and did not retire . . . — — Map (db m60948) HM|
|Lewis Burwell “Chesty” Puller was born on 26 June 1898 in West Point and lived here until entering Virginia Military Institute in 1917. He withdrew a year later and enlisted in the Marine Corps, serving more than 37 years. One of the . . . — — Map (db m17540) HM|
|Two miles east is the Mattaponi Indian reservation, home of descendants of the great chief Powhatan, father of Pocahontas. The reservation is situated on the Mattaponi River and is one of the oldest Indian reservations in the United States, existing . . . — — Map (db m25843) HM|
|This was the parish church of St. John's Parish, formed in 1680. It was built in 1734. Earlier churches stood at West Point and about one mile north of this site. Carter Braxton, Revolutionary Statesman, was a vestryman Preserved by joint effort. — — Map (db m25844) HM|
|Nearby on the Pamunkey River was the location of paramount chief Powhatan's primary temple site, Uttamusack, the spiritual center of the Powhatan Indians. On the site stood a holy house for Powhatan, and two additional temples also used for . . . — — Map (db m25848) HM|
|By May 4, 1862, Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston’s army was retreating west toward Richmond from Yorktown as Union Gen. George B. McClellan’s army followed. McClellan, to accelerate the Federal advance on the Confederate capital and intercept . . . — — Map (db m17505) HM|
|Eltham, a mile north, was long the home of the Bassett family and one of the largest and finest colonial houses in Virginia. Burwell Bassett, the owner at the time of the Revolution, was a patriot leader. Washington was a frequent visitor at Eltham . . . — — Map (db m21601) HM|
|Established in 1654 from York and named for County Kent, England. In it are Chestnut Grove, Birthplace of Martha (Dandridge) Custis; White House, home of Martha Custis; Poplar Grove, where Martha Custis met George Washington; St. Peter's church, . . . — — Map (db m17606) HM|
|A mile north, at Eltham Landing on the Pamunkey River, Franklin's division of McClellan's army disembarked on May 6, 1862. The next morning the Union troops came in contact with the Confederates retiring toward Richmond. The Confederate wagon trains . . . — — Map (db m21600) HM|
|A short distance south stood the Brick House. In 1677, at the end of Bacon's Rebellion, the rebel leaders, Drummond and Lawrence, were at Brick House when West Point surrendered to Berkeley. They fled, Drummond to be caught and executed, Lawrence . . . — — Map (db m21602) HM|