The Battle of Great Bridge was fought in the present-day City of Chesapeake, just south of Norfolk, Virginia and at the southern end of the Chesapeake Bay.
This was the first Virginia Battle of the Revolutionary War occurring just 6 months after the Battle of Bunker Hill and 8 months after the battles of Concord and Lexington.
On that day, the 2nd Regiment of the Virginia Militia stood up to the British Forces supporting the Crown’s Governor, Lord Dunmore. The battle was short and decisive. Great Britain lost many and retreated to Norfolk where further skirmishes occurred in the following weeks. The Virginia Militia took only a few light casualties during the battle.
The Remembrance ceremony today was a joint effort by many from the State of Virginia, most notably, Virginia Societies of the NSDAR, NSSAR and NSCAR.
Many Chapters, Districts and State Societies joined in the Remembrance Ceremonies including three members of the Ohio Society placing wreaths in honor of our patriots serving on that historic day:
left to right – President Lee Wilkerson, Ohio Society; Compatriot Bob Bowers, Cincinnati Chapter; President Gary Duffield, Highlanders Chapter.