The Virginia Gazette

Today in the 1770s: December 26

Hobs Hole, December 3, 1777.
Left in my possession in October 1776, by Major George Johnson, an officer in one of the Virginia regiments, a CHEST containing wearing apparel, etc. I take this method to acquaint his executors or administrators where to apply for said chest. If no application is made soon after this publication, they will be sold to the highest bidder for ready money. JOHN CORRIE

Virginia Gazette (Dixon & Hunter) December 26, 1777
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A Major George Johnson served with the Fifth Virginia Regiment. The regiment was stationed at Richmond Courthouse but left Virginia to join Washington's army in time to take part in the Christmas 1776 raid on Trenton. If Johnson was still with the regiment in December of 1777, he would have been at Valley Forge when Corrie advertised his chest. Richmond Courthouse is not to be confused with Richmond, current day capital of Virginia. Richmond County is on the northern bank of the Rappahannock River and the county seat name was changed to Warsaw in 1846 to honor the Poles who fought in the Revolutionary War. Hobs Hole is an early name for Tappahannock, Virginia, on the southern side of the Rappahannock River.

Sources: Heitman, p322, Fifth Va Reg., Heritage of VA

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