Pig Point Battery

Pig Point Battery (HM17G)

Location: Suffolk, VA 23434
Country: United States of America

N 36° 45.611', W 76° 29.881'

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In June 1861, Union Maj.Gen. Benjamin F. Butler, in order to clear a route for the capture of Suffolk, sought to neutralize the Confederate battery at Pig Point three miles north on the James River at the mouth of the Nansemond River. At 9:00 a.m. on 5 June, the steamer USS Harriet Lane shelled the battery. The Portsmouth Rifles, manning the guns there, returned fire and struck the vessel twice. One shot hit a tub of musket balls; the flying balls wounded six men. No Confederates were injured in the engagement, which ended after twenty minutes when the Harriet Lane withdrew.
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HM NumberHM17G
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Marker NumberK-261
Year Placed1998
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, September 26th, 2014 at 4:06pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 366290 N 4069315
Decimal Degrees36.76018333, -76.49801667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 45.611', W 76° 29.881'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 45' 36.66" N, 76° 29' 52.86" W
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Area Code(s)757
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5428-5516 Portsmouth Blvd, Suffolk VA 23434, US
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