Virginia's First Shots in the Civil War

Virginia's First Shots in the Civil War (HMK3U)

Location: Gloucester Point, VA 23062 Sullivan County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 14.723', W 76° 30.264'

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The Confederate army recognized that Gloucester Point was critical to Virginia's river defense. The Point had been continuously fortified since 1667.

In an opening action of the Civil war, the first shots in Virginia were fired on May 3, 1861 when the USS Yankee sailed upriver and fired on Confederates here at Gloucester Point.

The Richmond Howitzers stationed on the Point returned fire and the Yankee withdrew to the river's mouth. Within a year, Union forces took control of the Point and maintained control of the county for the rest of the war.
HM NumberHMK3U
Placed ByChesapeake Bay Gateways Network
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Date Added Saturday, September 6th, 2014 at 9:58am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 366571 N 4123154
Decimal Degrees37.24538333, -76.50440000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 14.723', W 76° 30.264'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 14' 43.38" N, 76° 30' 15.84" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 28 George Washington Memorial Hwy, Gloucester Point VA 23062, US
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