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Catalog Number 1986.27.1
Title Burning of Hampton
Collection General Collection
Object Type Booklet
Summary Robert Hudgins' account of the burning of Hampton in August, 1861 by the Old Dominion Dragoons. The narrative lists officers of the Old Dominion Dragoons at the time, marching from Yorktown to Hampton via the Back River Road past the half-way house, Bethel church, Chesterville farm, Cloverdale and the Lamington Road, Downey farm, Sinclair's corner, the bridge over New Bridge creek (which had been destroyed) and New Market bridge, to the western side of Hampton near Queen Street. Hudgins was sent down the Fox Hill road to stand guard and saw the flames of the town burning from Jefferson Sinclair's farm. Hudgins' account then describes the orders given to start the fire near the wharf, deciding on the nearby frame home of Mrs. Eliza Jones. Finally, Hudgins describes several homes, churches and courthouse on King Street burning, until consuming the area between the wharf on the south, Hampton River on the east, Mallory Avenue (now Pembroke) on the north, and Lee's corner on the west.
Author Robert S. Hudgins
Published Date 1931
People Hudgins, Robert S.
Magruder, John Bankhead, General
Phillips, Jefferson Curle (CSA Army)
Vaughan, William R., Dr. (Also spelled Voughan)
Cary, Gill A.
Jones, George Booker
Eddins, Pat
Sinclair, Jefferson Bonaparte, II/Maj.
Smith, William
Wray, Jack
Ham, Jake
Sinclair, Henry
Sinclair, Fayette, Dr.
Jones, Eliza
Whiting, Kennon
Hudgins, Rebecca
Place Names District08--Downtown
District--Langley (LAFB/LaRC)
Structure--Big Bethel Church
Site--Downey Farm
Site--New Bridge
Site--Newmarket Bridge
Structure--Hampton City Circuit Court
Structure--Hampton Baptist Church
Structure--St. John's Church
Structure--Halfway House
Site--Downtown Hampton
Topics Civil War
Burning of Hampton (1861)
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