Following the British defeat at Craney Island on 22 June 1813, Adm. Sir John B. Warren sought revenge and ordered Adm. Sir George Cockburn and Gen. Sir Sidney Beckwith to attack Hampton. This port town was defended by Maj. Stapleton Crutchfield’s 436 militiamen and a 7-gun water battery. During the evening of 24 June Beckwith’s 2,400 men landed near here at Indian Creek. The next day, Beckwith’s troops engaged Crutchfield’s command on the road to Hampton. Capt. Servant’s company of riflemen slowed the British advance until Beckwith could use artillery to force Servant’s withdrawal. Hampton was then open to British occupation.
Date Installed-Dedicated: 7/09/2013
Year On Marker: 2011
Original Sponsor: Department of Historic Resources
Geographic Location: Hampton
Physical Description of Location: Carousel Park, Hampton, VA 23669. Marker is in front of the carousel. Park is located on the southeast corner of the intersection between Settlers Landing Road (US 60) and S. King Street.
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