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 Neck and the Eastern Shore throughout the summer of 1814.
Year On Marker: 2010
Original Sponsor: Department of Historic Resources
Geographic Location: Northumberland County
Physical Description of Location: Buzzards Point Road (State Route 656) near Reedville, at the Tangier Island passenger ferry terminus, VA 22539.
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