During the War of 1812, a British naval squadron arrived in Hampton Roads on 4 February 1813 to establish a naval blockade of the Chesapeake Bay. Later commanded by Adm. Sir George Cockburn, the squadron remained in the Bay for two years. Its missions were to seize USS Constellation, to occupy Norfolk, and to harass, seize, and destroy commercial traffic on the Bay and its tributaries. Although the attempt to seize Norfolk failed, Cockburn’s squadron carried out numerous raids on the James, Rappahannock, York, and Potomac rivers. In August 1814, British forces burned Washington, but were later defeated at Baltimore.
Date Installed-Dedicated: 06/25/2014
Year On Marker: 2010
Original Sponsor: Department of Historic Resources
Geographic Location: Hampton
Physical Description of Location: 3200 Chesapeake Ave, Hampton, VA 23661. Marker is located at the intersection of Chesapeake Avenue and Alleghany Road.
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