The Virginia Department of Historic Resources has approved 16 new highway markers recognizing historic events, people and places dating back more than four centuries.  

Among the historic milestones being recognized are Civil War battles, the rescue of the Declaration of Independence during the War of 1812 from Washington and an engagement of black Union troops and Confederate soldiers.

Other markers will pay homage to the Tidewater village that was home to powerful Indian leader Powhatan and pioneers in medicine and education.

Virginia has more than 2,500 historical markers scattered throughout the state.