Naval Actions on Wilton Creek and the Rappahannock River

Naval Actions on Wilton Creek and the Rappahannock River (HM1F3M)

Location: Hartfield, VA 23071 Middlesex County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 32.943', W 76° 24.435'

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In Aug. 1863, Confederate Navy Lt. John Taylor Wood, moving overland with boarding cutters carried on modified wagons and a contingent of 82 men, embarked on an expedition to attack Union ships. At Wilton Creek, Wood and his men repulsed forces from the Union gunboat General Putnam in a skirmish on 17 Aug. Shifting operations north to the Rappahannock River, his boarding parties surprised and captured Union gunboats, Reliance and Satellite, anchored off Windmill Point in an early morning raid on 22 Aug. The third raid of its kind by Wood, a grandson of Pres. Zachary Taylor, it was also the most successful.
HM NumberHM1F3M
Marker NumberOC 43
Year Placed2011
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 22nd, 2014 at 7:09am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 375691 N 4156713
Decimal Degrees37.54905000, -76.40725000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 32.943', W 76° 24.435'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 32' 56.58" N, 76° 24' 26.10" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 346 General Puller Hwy, Hartfield VA 23071, US
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