The Sunday Va. Pilot paper from May 13, 2012 had a full page article in it about the Battle of Craney Island. My wife saved it for me knowing I'd enjoy reading it and I just did read it this morning over a cup of coffee. How many of you all knew there even was a battle of craney island?? I have done very little, if any reading about the war of 1812, and being from Penna. always thought of Craney Island as a place there use to be a radio station where my friend Supper Lou broadcasted from in the early 70's or a place they dump dredge material on. Seems that in the early 1800's Craney Island was fortified with a block house and 4 cannons. The British attrack was two prone, British Marines were to attack on foot across a marsh which did not work out too well for them and 50 barges loaded with 1500 saliors and Marines were to make an amphibious assult landing on the beach. By the sound of the article the 4 american cannons had a field day turnning back both assults. Craney Island guarded the mouth of the Elizebeth river and therefore protected both Norfolk and Portsmouth. Only one American was killed on the Island and that was after the battle when the powder magazine exploded accidentally. British lost several hundred killed and wounded.
Now I guess you all want to know how does all this tie into flounder fishing. I'm going to give you flounder fisherman a place to try and catch some nice fish where you might never have known before. The Commander of the Portsmouth militia unit who orginized the unit who manned the guns on the Island; Capt. Arthur Emmerson knew the following. "knew the waters above the hard packed sand at the western end of the island attracted flounder that could be fried up for a tasty meal." Someone go to the area off the western end of the island and try some flounder fishing. Would be something else if this 200 year old fishing tip is still good. Oh, the quote is from the article.