December 9 marks 241 years since the Battle of Great Bridge

Posted at 10:27 AM, Dec 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-09 10:30:26-05

On December 9, 1775, British Redcoats attacked American forces at Great Bridge.

The British underestimated the Americans, who won the battle. British troops retreated to Norfolk, set fire to the city and left the area.

The battle was considered a great victory for American rebels. It kept Norfolk out of British hands for the rest of the war.

Robert Hitchings from the Great Bridge Battlefield and Waterways History Foundation visited News 3 to tell us more about the battle and its importance.