WILLIAMSBURG, May 31, 1776.
Last Sunday [May 26, 1776] lord Dunmore, with his whole fleet, left Hampton road, and came up the bay to Gwynn's island, in Gloucester county, where we understand he has landed his black and white troops, to the number of about 500, and is intrenching.
Virginia Gazette (Purdie) May 31, 1776
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As Dunmore's fleet of 100 vessels, approached the island, the local militia retreated to the mainland. It was the largest hostile fleet to ever sail in the Chesapeake Bay, before or since.
Sources: Wrike p37-8.