Historic Sites

Historic Sites
For more information on these historical sites, call 757-247-8523.

Battle of Dam #1

Battle of Dam #1


Newport News Park
13564 Jefferson Avenue

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

Battle of Lee's Mill


180 River's Ridge Circle

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


Christopher Newport Park
26th Street and West Avenue

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

Monitor-Merrimack Overlook


Anderson Park
16th Street and Oak Avenue

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

Skiffes Creek Redoubt


22 Enterprise Drive

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 Courthouse

Warwick Court House Complex

1401 Old Courthouse Way

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 restored 1884 Warwick Court House and the reconstructed 1820 Clerk's Office.

Victory Arch

Victory Arch


25th Street and West Avenue

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

Young's Mill


13055 Warwick Boulevard

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.