Battle of Great Bridge
The British credited the patriots with great humility in withholding fire as the Red Coats withdrew back across the bridge with their wounded. By nightfall the British had abandoned their fort and retreated to Norfolk with roughly 70 casualties. A single Virginian had been slightly wounded.
Besides preserving what remains one of our nation’s greatest naval facilities, this small battle sealed allegiances so as to convince the British they had only to withdraw from Norfolk and from this new nation. The defeat of the British and their expulsion from Norfolk convinced both Southern Loyalists and wavering Southern Patriots alike that the obvious wisdom was in supporting the patriot cause.