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Battle of Dam #1

13564 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News Park

Battle of Dam #1

This April 16, 1862 engagement was Major General George B. McClellan’s only major attempt to break through the Confederate defenses commanded by Major General John B. Magruder. Five miles of earthworks from this important Civil War battle still remain.

Battle of Lee’s Mill

180 River's Ridge Circle

Battle of Lee’s Mill

These earthen fortifications were the scene of the April 5, 1862 engagement that prompted McClellan to besiege the Confederate’s Warwick-Yorktown Defense Line during the 1862 Peninsula Campaign.


Congress & Cumberland Overlook

 26 th Street & West Avenue, Christopher Newport Park

Scene of the March 8, 1862 sinking of the U.S.S. Cumberland and U.S.S. Congress by the ironclad C.S.S. Virginia (Merrimack)


Monitor-Merrimack Overlook

 16th Street & Oak Avenue, Anderson Park

Monitor-Merrimack Overlook


Scene of the famous March 9, 1862 Battle of the Ironclads between the C.S.S. Virginia and the U.S.S. Monitor.


Skiffe's Creek Redoubt

 22 Enterprise Drive

Skiffe’s Creek Redobt

This earthwork was part of the Skiffes Creek Line, built to defend the Confederate Mulberry Island-James River flank during the 1862 Peninsula Campaign.

Warwick Court House

 1401 Old Courthouse Way

Warwick Courthouse


The 1810 courthouse served as the headquarters for Union Brigadier General Erasmus D. Keyes’ IV Corps during the 1862 Peninsula Campaign. Professor Thaddeus Lowe’s gas balloon, Constitution, provided reconnaissance of Confederate troop movements. The complex also contains the recently restored 1884 Warwick Court House.

Victory Arch

 25th Street & West Avenue

Victory Arch

Originally built in 1919, returning WWI troops disembarked from ships and marched through the arch in victory parades. Today it serves as a memorial to the men and women of the armed forces and hosts Newport News’ annual Memorial and Veterans Day ceremonies.

 Young's Mill

 13055 Warwick Boulevard

Young’s Mill


The earthworks located adjacent to this 1820 tide mill were the western anchor of Confederate Major General John B. Magruder’s first line of defense during the 1862 Peninsula Campaign.


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