Battle of Great Bridge
Big Bethel Road, Chesapeake, VA, USA
Battle of Great Bridge Chesapeake Reviews
Battle of Great Bridge in Chesapeake, VA a Turning Point in the Revolutionary War May 23, 2008
From Wikipedia: The Battle of Great Bridge was fought December 9, 1775, in the area of Chesapeake, Virginia, during the American Revolutionary War. The victory by the Continental Army was responsible for removing Lord Dunmore and any other vestige of English Government for the Colony of Virginia during the early days of the Revolution. Shortly thereafter, Norfolk, (at the time a Tory center) was captured and destroyed, cementing Continental hold on Virginia.
We went to the Battle of Great Bridge reenactment which is usually held the first weekend (vice second week when the battle actually took place) in December. They had about 10 Colonialist tents set up, about 60 actors and a British fort. Everyone carried typical firearms of the period and the costumes were very authentic looking.
The battle and local living conditions at the time were well explained, including briefings by a Colonial General and a commoner housewife.
We were glad we attended this historic reenactment as we did learn quite a bit about the significance of the Battle of Great Bridge less than 2 miles from our home in Chesapeake. It was the last battle in the State of Virginia during the revolutionary war. The terrain was also something to admire since the British advance was thwarted and the fort destroyed by the Colonial Army.
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