Battle of Great Bridge, Chesapeake
Chesapeake, Va., is a great place for history buffs. Since the arrival of colonial settlers in 1620, Chesapeake has played a major role in the birth of the United States of America. In fact, Chesapeake is home to the Battle of Great Bridge. This Revolutionary War battle helped solidify the Continental Army's reclaim on Virginia and drive the British Government from the colony.
Early morning on December 9, 1775, British troops advanced over the Great Bridge toward a waiting militia. Ordered to hold fire by Captain Travis, patriot troops waited as the British troops drew nearer. Seeing the militia's inactivity, British captain Fordyce believed that they had abandoned their redoubt and proclaimed, "The day is our own." It was at this point that the patriot troops sprung to action and dolled a devastating blow to British troops, forcing them to turn back.
To honor our heritage, Chesapeake hosts an annual reenactment event each December to retell the story of the battle to new generations. Join Chesapeake each year for this two-day event, and step back in time to revisit two important Revolutionary War Battles - the Battle at Kemps Landing and the Battle of Great Bridge. The event includes war encampments, demonstrations, character portrayals, children's activities and more. Come take part in history with Chesapeake's very own reenactment of this celebrated battle.