Battle of Great Bridge
At the Battle of Great Bridge (Dec. 1775), Virginia colonists defeated the British in a small but key victory. Royal Governor Lord Dunmore’s forces fortified one side of a critical river crossing south of Norfolk at the bridge, while rebel forces occupied the other side. In an attempt to break up the rebel gathering, Dunmore ordered an attack across the bridge.The battle effectively ended British control of Virginia as Dunmore retreated to Gwynn’s Island. As a parting gift, he shelled nearby Norfolk.
Image: Great Bridge Battlefield & Waterways History Foundation