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Virginia Civil War Trails


Village of Great Bridge
Off route 168 north of Route 165
    Located at the strategic crossing of the Albemarle and Chesapeake canals. During the war's early stages the Confederacy benefited from the link. Following the fall of Norfolk, Great Bridge fell into Federal hands.

Pleasant Grove Baptist Cemetery
Just off Route 165
    A monument to the "Jackson Grays" honors the regiment formed in the churchyard.

Trails sign on the Dismal Swamp Canal Trail (old Route 17) at Ballahack Road
   Home of William Wallace, first lieutenant of the "Jackson Grays." Within view of this homesite is the large antebellum house "Beechwood," home of the Stewart family.

Dismal Swamp Canal
Trails sign on the Dismal Swamp Canal Trail (old Route 17)
   This canal is the oldest operating artificial waterway in America. It provided the Confederacy with an important link between the Chesapeake Bay and the North Carolina Sounds until May 1862, when it was captured by Union troops.

Village of Deep Creek
Trails sign located at Deep Creek Lock Park, just east of US 17 on Luray Street
   A 50-building village, an important link on the Great Dismal Swamp Canal.

"Cuffeytown 13"
Trails sign at the Gabriel Chapel, 2216 Long Ridge Road (off Business Route 168)
   A concentration of men who fought with the United States Colored Troops are buried with honor in this small cemetery. Some of those interred here fought at "The Crater" near Petersburg and at New Market Heights near Richmond.

"Seven Patriot Heroes"
Take Route 168 south from I-64, then right at Old Battlefield Blvd then right on Ballahack Road, then 3 miles to site
    The homes and final resting places of veterans of the United States Colored Troops are located nearby.

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