150 Years Ago: Lincoln Captures Norfolk

At about 7 A.M. one hundred and fifty years ago today, on May 10, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln personally directed a landing of Federal troops on the beaches outside Norfolk, Virginia.

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View across Hampton Roads from Willoughby

As a close personal friend of mine would say, “He took charge as a good leader should; kept the morons from interfearing; and drove the insurrectionist forces out of the most wonderful naval facility in the world.” The actual landing site was about two miles east of the point where the photo above was taken – near the modern day fishing pier.

Rumors persist to this day that Lincoln dined in the Willoughby Inn Seafood Restaurant. However, Lincoln scholars have yet to uncover any documentation, such as receipts, to prove what many have suspected – Abe preferred turf over surf.

Published by Craig Swain

"Historical marker hunter" and Civil War enthusiast.

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