With heavily overcast skies and a cold wind blowing on Saturday, only a handful of people turned out at the corner of Hayes and Hook roads in Hayes to dedicate the setting of a marker commemorating the Battle of the Hook, one of the final battles of the Revolutionary War, fought on that very spot on Oct. 3, 1781.
Warren Deal, chairman of the Battle of the Hook committee, welcomed those present, saying they were able to be there on that busy street corner because of the men who fought and died in that battle.
Ed Truslow, president of the Virginia Sons of the American Revolution, said that the occasion was especially meaningful to him because his fourth great-grandfather had fought in the battle.
“It brings it a little closer when you have a descendant of someone who was here 235 years ago,” said Deal.
Deal explained that, although the events that occurred at Gloucester Point had become overshadowed in time by those at Yorktown, they were no less important.
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