On 3 April 1813, one of the largest naval engagements in Virginia waters during the War of 1812 took place at the mouth of Carter’s Creek. One hundred five British naval and marine forces under Lt. Polkinghorne managed to subdue four American privateers: Arab, Dolphin, Lynx, and Racer. The largest ship, Dolphin, out of Baltimore, had twelve guns and one hundred men commanded by Capt. W.J. Stafford. Stafford stubbornly refused to give up when the other ships were taken, and defended his ship until he was severely wounded and his ship boarded.
Date Installed-Dedicated: December 3, 2013
Year On Marker: 2010
Original Sponsor: Department of Historic Resources
Geographic Location: Lancaster
Physical Description of Location: 20945 Mary Ball Rd, White Stone, VA 22578. Marker is on the right when traveling west on Route 3. There is a safe pull-off adjacent to the marker.
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