WILLIAMSBURG, August 15, 1777.
A P R O C L A M A T I O N Whereas I have received certain intelligence, that a large fleet of ships (between 1 and 200 sail) were seen last night standing directly in our capes, and probably meditate an attack upon some part of this country; I therefore judge it proper, by and with the advice of the Council, to issue this my proclamation, hereby strictly enjoining the several county lieutenants within this commonwealth to hold the militia of their respective counties in readiness to march, at a moment's warning, to this city, of such other place as may be hereafter directed. Given under my hand at Williamsburg, this 15th day of August, in the 2nd year of the commonwealth, and in the year of our Lord 1777. JOHN PAGE, Lieut. Gov. GOD Save the Commonwealth.
Virginia Gazette (Purdie) August 15, 1777
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These ships did not bring an invading army, however, they did put a stranglehold on the Chesapeake Bay and Virginia's shipping trade.