Long-Term ConsequencesAlthough Confederate Col. John B. Magruder and his forces won the Battle of Big Bethel, they could not stem the Federal tide for long. On June 15, 1861, within a week of the battle, a huge Sawyer rifled cannon mounted at Fort Calhoun (Fort Wool) on the Rip Raps, opened fire on the Confederate battery at Sewell's Point. Aeronaut John La Mountain began making ascensions in his hot air balloon Atlantic late in July, taking observations from as high as two thousand feet to improve the accuracy of the periodic shelling.
|Series||This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series|
|Placed By||Virginia Civil War Trails|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Tuesday, May 30th, 2017 at 9:01am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 373267 N 4105975|
|Decimal Degrees||37.09151667, -76.42601667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 37° 5.491', W 76° 25.561'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||37° 5' 29.46" N, 76° 25' 33.66" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling South|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 1645 Big Bethel Rd, Hampton VA 23666, US|
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