The Virginia Gazette

Today in the 1770s: September 27

WILLIAMSBURG, September 27, 1776.
[Deaths.] Mr. Benjamin Winslow, ensign in the 5th regiment, and eldest son of mr. Beverley Winslow, a youth who nobly stepped forth, at the early age of 18, determined to risk his life in his country's defence. Fate, however, has deprived him of that honour, and brought him to the grave by a malignant fever, to the inexpressible sorrow of his fond parents, the grief of his fellow soldiers in the army, and of his acquaintances in general.

Virginia Gazette (Purdie) September 27, 1776

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It was noted by Hanover County diarist, Robert Honyman, that "the troops in the lower parts of the country have been extremely sickly these two months past, especially at Williamsburgh." (October 10 1776) More soldiers were dying of fevers and the smallpox than were dying in battle.

Sources: McDonnell, p267.

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