April 16, 1862A stalwart defense of the Warwick River by units of the 15th North Carolina, 7th Georgia and 2nd Louisiana Infantry, C.S.A., commanded by General J.B. Magruder is commemorated here. The defensive line extending across the Virginia Peninsula was held under Federal fire during April 1862 by the numerically superior Army of the Potomac under General G.B. McClellan. At the Battle of Lee's Mill (also called Battle of Dam No. 1) companies of the 3rd, 4th and 6th Vermont Infantry twice succeeded in crossing the river to breach the line at this point, but were repulsed, suffering new casualties. The line held until May 4th, 1862 when Confederate positions were evacuated in a general withdrawal towards Williamsburg. This resolute stand at Lee's Mill slowed the Union advance by a full month, contributing to the ultimate failure of the Federal Peninsula Campaign to take Richmond. Twenty Confederates, including Colonel William McKinney Commander of the 15th North Carolina, gave their lives.
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|Series||This marker is part of the United Daughters of the Confederacy series|
|Placed By||Daughters of the Confederacy, Bethel Chapter|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Sunday, September 28th, 2014 at 6:11pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 363602 N 4116258|
|Decimal Degrees||37.18281667, -76.53660000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 37° 10.969', W 76° 32.196'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||37° 10' 58.14" N, 76° 32' 11.76" W|
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|Area Code(s)||757, 301|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 387 Dam #1 Bridge, Newport News VA 23608, US|
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