Peninsula Campaign Warwick River

Peninsula Campaign Warwick River (HM6KF)

Location: Newport News, VA 23608
Country: United States of America

N 37° 10.91', W 76° 32.175'

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Following the 10 June 1861 Battle of Big Bethel, Maj. Gen. John B. Magruder, commander of the Confederate Army of the Peninsula, organized the construction of three defensive lines of fortifications across the peninsula. The main line extended 12 miles from Yorktown to the Warwick River and downstream to Lee's Mill, then westward to Skiffes Creek, which flowed into the James River at the Mulberry Island Point battery. When Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan began his Peninsula Campaign to capture Richmond, the Warwick River fortifications blocked the progress of Army of the Potomac on 5 April 1862. McClellan ordered a siege that lasted from 5 April to 4 May 1962.
HM NumberHM6KF
Marker NumberW 62
Year Placed2001
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
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Date Added Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 at 6:39am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 363632 N 4116149
Decimal Degrees37.18183333, -76.53625000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 10.91', W 76° 32.175'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 10' 54.60" N, 76° 32' 10.50" W
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Area Code(s)757, 301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 280-310 Constitution Way, Newport News VA 23608, US
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