Civil War Action At Mathias Point

Civil War Action At Mathias Point (HMEOQ)

Location: King George, VA 22485 King George County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 21.541', W 77° 1.057'

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In May 1861, Confederate forces commanded by Brig. Gen. Daniel Ruggles and Maj. Robert Mayo began constructing gun emplacements at Mathias Point, which is located 2.5 miles northwest on the Potomac River close to the Virginia shore. This battery, as well as others, interfered with Union forces shipping troops and supplies to Washington, D.C. On 27 June 1861, the gunboat, USS Thomas Freeborn, commanded by Comdr. James H. Ward, shelled the batteries held by the Confederate forces. While sighting the bow gun, Ward was mortally wounded, the first U.S. Navy officer killed in action in the Civil War.
Marker NumberEP 6
Year Placed2009
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
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Date Added Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 7:39am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 323717 N 4247576
Decimal Degrees38.35901667, -77.01761667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 21.541', W 77° 1.057'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 21' 32.46" N, 77° 1' 3.42" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3540 James Madison Pkwy, King George VA 22485, US
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