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Naval Actions on Wilton Creek and the Rappahannock River OC-43 | Marker History

Naval Actions on Wilton Creek and the Rappahannock River Marker, OC-43

In Aug. 1863, Confederate Navy Lt. John Taylor Wood, moving overland with boarding cutters carried on modified wagons and a contingent of 82 men, embarked on an expedition to attack Union ships. At Wilton Creek, Wood and his men repulsed forces from the Union gunboat General Putnam in a skirmish on 17 Aug. Shifting operations north to the Rappahannock River, his boarding parties surprised and captured Union gunboats, Reliance and Satellite, anchored off Windmill Point in a daring early morning raid on 22 Aug. The third raid of its kind by Wood, a grandson of Pres. Zachary Taylor, it was also the most successful.

Marker Information:
Additional Information: Marker was installed by VDOT in October 2012.
Date Approved by DHR: 12/15/2011
Year On Marker: 2011
Original Sponsor: Deltaville Maritime Museum
Region: Northern Neck-Middle Peninsula and Eastern Shore Region
Geographic Location: Middlesex County
Physical Description of Location: Marker is on right when traveling northeast on Route 33 (General Puller Highway) about 175 feet prior to intersection with Woodport Lane, Hardyville, VA 23070.
GPS Location: 37.54905,-76.407246
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