When Dunmore proclaimed his intention to put down any support for the rebellion, William Woodford lead the Second Virginia Regiment toward the bridge and the British fort defending it. Woodford did not directly attack the British position because he lacked artillery but the Patriots successfully countered Dunmore's ill-conceived plan to attack the rebels. Believing he had a superior force, Dunmore ordered an attack but was soon overwhelmed. Recognizing that he was outnumbered, Dunmore ordered a retreat and his men fled to their ships in Norfolk Harbor.
The Great Bridge Battlefield and Waterways History Foundation currently preserve the areas around the Dismal Swamp Canal and the Great Bridge Battlefield. They are looking to create an educational center which will preserve the history of the Battle and the area. Once the information center is completed, they will form a hiking trail to enhance the understanding of their visitors.