The town was established in 1744 and was one of the principal shipping points on the Rappahannock River in colonial times. In December, 1862, Burnside, commanding the Army of the Potomac, considered crossing the river here but finally moved up to Fredericksburg. Union gunboats, attempting to pass up the river at that time, were driven back by D. H. Hill.
Geographic Location: Caroline County
Physical Description of Location: Port Royal, VA 22535. Located on King Street, less than 1/5 of a mile north of the intersection of King Street and Back Street (off of Hwy 301). Marker is on the left when traveling north on King Street.
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