The Virginia Gazette

Today in the 1770s: May 25

WILLIAMSBURG, May 25, 1775.
At a meeting ot the WILLIAMSBURG VOLUNTEER COMPANY, held the 25th day of May 1775. Resolved, that every member in this company oblige themselves, by the ties of honour and duty to their country, to march, on the smallest warning, to any part of the continent, where the general cause of American liberty may demand their attendance, provided that they do not by such a step leave their own country in a defenceless state. Resolved, that it is the opinion of this company, that landing of any foreign troops in this country will be, at the present critical juncture of affairs, a most dangerous attack on the liberties of this country; and that this company will, therefore, keep the most watchful eye on any movement from this quarter, that they will consult their fellow countrymen in the different parts of this province on that head, and, should they find an unanimity of sentiment to prevail throughout this country respecting that particular, they are determined, with the aid and assistance of their fellow subjects, to resist all such arbitrary measures, at the expence of life and fortune. JOHN BROWN, clerk.

Virginia Gazette (Pinkney) May 25, 1775

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Volunteer or independent companies were forming in various communities in Virginia. They were militia bands, not regular troops. In August 1775, the Virginia Convention, the ruling governmental unit, decided to raise regular troops and to disband these independent volunteers.

Sources: White, Independent Companies

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