Impressment of Americans into British service and the violation of American ships were among the causes of America’s War of 1812 with the British, which lasted until 1815. Beginning in 1813, Virginians suffered from a British naval blockade of the Chesapeake Bay and from British troops’ plundering the countryside by the Bay and along the James, Rappahannock, and Potomac rivers. The Virginia militia deflected a British attempt to take Norfolk in 1813, and engaged British forces throughout the war. By the end of the war, more than 2000 enslaved African Americans in Virginia had gained their freedom aboard British ships.
Year On Marker: 2010
Original Sponsor: Department of Historic Resources
Geographic Location: Northumberland County
Physical Description of Location: Buzzards Point Road (State Route 656) near Reedville, at the Tangier Island passenger ferry terminus, VA 22539.
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