Col. Francis Mallory

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Francis Mallory

Death: Died
Cause of death: killed in the Skirmish at Waters Creek
Immediate Family:

Son of Johnson Mallory and Diana King
Husband of Mary Mallory
Father of Charles King Mallory; Elizabeth King Mallory and Mary King Mallory
Brother of Edward Mallory; Ann King Mallory; Margaret Mallory and Mary Mallory

Managed by: James Duane Pell Bishop III
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About Col. Francis Mallory

The Skirmish at Waters Creek was a minor action fought on March 8, 1781, during the American Revolutionary War. It was fought near Waters Creek in Newport News, Virginia between a group of local Patriot militia and British Army troops.

Colonel Francis Mallory, a resident of Hampton, organized the opposition. Mallory had recently been released from a brief imprisonment on board a Royal Navy ship as part of a prisoner exchange, and had been warned against taking up arms again. Intelligence gained during this time led him to conclusions about the likely route of the expedition, so he tried to set up an ambush at a place called Tompkins' Bridge, crossing the creek between Hampton and York County.


The militiamen divided their forces with the cavalry leading the charge from the front while the infantry fired from the flank. Colonel Mallory himself was killed in the attack, after being wounded by shot, saber and bayonet. The militiamen were able to hold off the British forces, forcing them to retreat to Newport News point and eventually their boats. While retreating, Captain Brown was injured and left behind.