On the morning of June 22, 1813, during the War of 1812, British naval and marine forces under the command of Admiral Sir John Borlase Warren landed here at Hoffler Creek. American armed militia under the command of Gen. Robert B. Taylor blocked the British advance, brought them under heavy artillery fire and caused them to retreat. Approximately 200 British soldiers were killed, four to five barges were sunk and the "Centipede" was taken along with 22 prisoners. Norfolk, Portsmouth and the Gosport Navy Yard, now the Norfolk Naval Yard, were saved from capture.
Year On Marker: 2008
Original Sponsor: City of Portsmouth
Geographic Location: Portsmouth
Physical Description of Location: Northwest corner of intersection between Twin Pines Road and Woodside Lane at entrance to Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve, Portsmouth, VA 23703.
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