War Comes to the Old Brick ChurchEarly in the war, Confederate authorities were concerned that Union forces might advance up the James River from Fort Monroe. As a precaution, they constructed waterfront artillery batteries along the river, including in Isle of Wight County, and posted infantry regiments nearby to protect them. This brought the war to the sleepy grounds of St. Luke's Church, when Col. W. Dorsey Pender's 3rd North Carolina Volunteers (later reorganized as the 13th North Carolina Infantry) camped here. Pender's regiment was part of Gen. John Pemberton's brigade, and supported a North Carolina battery located at the mouth of Jones Creek north of the church. In July 1861, Pender wrote his wife, "You will see that I call this place Camp Ruffin. ... The location and appearance of the camp are anything but agreeable in looks and or in comfort. ... We have three camps stretching over about three and half miles."
|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 358728 N 4089303|
|Decimal Degrees||36.93920000, -76.58643333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 36° 56.352', W 76° 35.186'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||36° 56' 21.12" N, 76° 35' 11.16" W|
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|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling West|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 14477 Benns Church Blvd, Smithfield VA 23430, US|
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