On 10 May 1779, during the Revolutionary War, a British expeditionary force commanded by Gen. Edward Matthews disembarked in Portsmouth to capture the major Tidewater Virginia towns. About 200 Nansemond County militia under Col. Willis Riddick immediately assembled in Suffolk and marched toward Portsmouth. The soldiers camped here in a field in front of Capt. James Murdaugh's house on the night of 11 May, while several officers slept in nearby dwellings. A British advance party surprised two captains at Hargrove's Tavern a mile east, killing one. The militia retreated to Suffolk and later dispersed as the enemy approached. The British burned Suffolk on 13 May.
Geographic Location: Suffolk
Physical Description of Location: 3248 Nansemond Parkway (Virginia 337), in front of Nansemond River High School, Suffolk, VA 23435.
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