William "Billy" Flora Historical Marker
Original Author: Jeremy Horne
Created: 2012
Medium: Copy of a painting

William Flora Historical Marker

This painting by Jeremy Horne, featured on a historical marker in Great Bridge, depicts William "Billy" Flora’s stand against advancing British troops. Flora was a free Black man who served three years in the Continental Army in several Virginia regiments. He was on guard duty on the morning of December 9, 1775, when the British left their fortifications to attack the Virginians at Great Bridge. While other sentinels retreated, Flora held his position in a vulnerable location on the bridge and managed to fire eight shots at the enemy. He was commended for bravery and decades after the war was granted 100 acres of land in Ohio as compensation for his military service.