To the west, on 30 May 1814, during the War of 1812, Rear Admiral George Cockburn's British forces invaded Pungoteague Creek from the Chesapeake Bay. Early that morning, eleven barges and launches landed there with close to 500 soldiers. Maj. John Finney of the 2d Regiment of the local militia engaged the British forces. Forced back by an overwhelming number of enemy troops, Finney retreated to thickly wooded region. Finney's forces continued to engage the enemy until a bugle sounded on a barge and the British troops retreated to their landing vessels and sailed back to Tangier Island.
Geographic Location: Accomack County
Physical Description of Location: Melfa, VA 23410. Located on the left of Lankford Hwy, 1 mile north of the intersection fo Lankford and State Route 626.
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