The Virginia Gazette

Today in the 1770s: July 29

WILLIAMSBURG, July 29, 1775.
We hear from Richmond, that the Convention of this colony, now sitting there, has prohibited the exportation of grain, and provisions of all kinds, after the 5th of August next; also that it is resolved upon to embody 3000 men, exclusive of officers, and three troops of horse, to be stationed in the lower end of the colony, and that between 4 and 500 more are to be raised and quartered at the different forts on the frontiers. Companies of minute-men are likewise to be raised in each county; they are to be trained to the military exercise, will be allowed full pay when on duty, and are to be called out on any emergency. . . . Sixty young Gentlemen are to be sent from this Colony to serve as cadets in the army near Boston, under command of General Washington, agreeable to recommendation of the General Congress.

Virginia Gazette (Dixon & Hunter) July 29, 1775

About this entry:

How many soldiers Virginia furnished for the Revolution is difficult to determine. Soldiers enlisted for short terms and then re-enlisted. Invalided soldiers would re-enlist after being cured. These re-enlistments might be to different regiments. Records were carelessly kept and many were destroyed. After studying the topic thoroughly, H. J. Eckenrode states, " it was a large proportion of her white male able-bodied population; she gave here full share of men, arms and supplies to the general cause".

Sources: Eckenrode, Preface

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