Battle of Big Bethel

Battle of Big Bethel (HMJER)

Location: Hampton, VA 23666
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 5.474', W 76° 25.553'

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On 10 June 1861, the first land battle of the Civil War in present-day Virginia took place here at Big Bethel Church. Maj. Gen. Benjamin F. Butler, commanding at Fort Monroe, sent converging columns at night from Hampton and Newport News for a dawn attack against Confederate outposts there. The 1,408 Confederates, led by Cols. John B. Magruder and D. H. Hill, fell back to their entrenchments behind Brick Kiln Creek, near the church. Some 4,400 Federals under Brig. Gen. Ebenezer W. Pierce pursued, launched two disjointed attacks, and were repulsed. They then retreated to Fort Monroe, leaving the Confederates in control of most of the Peninsula.
Marker NumberW 66
Year Placed2000
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 at 9:33pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 373278 N 4105944
Decimal Degrees37.09123333, -76.42588333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 5.474', W 76° 25.553'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 5' 28.44" N, 76° 25' 33.18" W
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Area Code(s)757
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1635 Big Bethel Rd, Hampton VA 23666, US
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