Civil War Cavalry Skirmish

Civil War Cavalry Skirmish (HMBWI)

Location: Suffolk, VA 23434
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Country: United States of America
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N 36° 47.004', W 76° 38.006'

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Federal forces occupied Suffolk on 12 May 1862 and built earthworks around the town; Brig. Gen. John J. Peck took command in October. Cavalry vedettes, or mounted pickets, were posted some distance outside the fortifications to warn of Confederate attacks. During the winter of 1862-1863, small detachments of Federal and Confederate troops harassed each other west of Suffolk. Near here, about 4:00 P.M. on 28 Dec. 1862, Confederate cavalrymen attacked Union vedettes at Providence Church and drove them back toward Suffolk. Federal reserves repulsed the attack and forced the Confederates west several miles to their main body of cavalry.
Marker NumberUT 28
Year Placed1998
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
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Date Added Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 7:35am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 354246 N 4072088
Decimal Degrees36.78340000, -76.63343333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 47.004', W 76° 38.006'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 47' 0.24" N, 76° 38' 0.36" W
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Area Code(s)757
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3107-3109 Co Rd 604, Suffolk VA 23434, US
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