The Virginia Gazette

Today in the 1770s: September 15

WILLIAMSBURG, September 15, 1775.
Lord Dunmore has received another reinforcement from St. Augustine, of no less than between 20 and 30 effective men, and soon expects to have his army augmented to 500; with which, we hear, he intends taking possession of his palace in this city, that he lately abandoned--if not prevented by those he terms rebels.

Virginia Gazette (Purdie) September 15, 1775
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Lord Dunmore did not attempt to take Williamsburg with his small reinforcement from Florida, but on September 30, he was emboldened to send about fifteen men to raid the Norfolk Gazette and steal the printing press, type, paper and ink. Dunmore's men marched into Norfolk in broad daylight and accomplished this raid without firing a shot.

Sources: Caley, p586-594. Pennsylvania Packet, page [4], vol. V, iss. 209, October 23, 1775

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