Nearby the first pitched battle of the American Revolution in Virginia was fought on 9 Dec. 1775 at the Great Bridge, a wooden causeway built across the marsh and open water of the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River. Col. William Woodford of the Second Virginia Regiment had defensive works built at the southern end of the bridge. Lord Dunmore, the royal governor, sent a detachment of troops, to assault the works. The colonial forces easily withstood the attack and defeated Dunmore's troops. The governor's troops sustained a number of casualties, causing them to retreat to Norfolk. There Dunmore evacuated his forces to ships in the harbor.
Geographic Location: Chesapeake
Physical Description of Location: Chesapeake, VA 23322. Located on Battlefield Blvd South, 1.4 miles south of the intersection of Battlefield Blvd South and Great Bridge Bypass. Marker is on the right when traveling south on Battlefield Blvd South.
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