The Virginia Gazette

Today in the 1770s: May 13

WILLIAMSBURG, May 13, 1775.
Yesterday afternoon, the Countess of Dunmore, and the rest of the Governor's family, returned to this city, from on board the Fowey man of war.

Virginia Gazette (Dixon & Hunter) May 13, 1775

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After the seizure of the powder from the Magazine by Lord Dunmore on April 21, the town was tense. Patrick Henry with volunteer militia were coming from Hanover County to confront the Governor. On April the 30 Lord Dunmore and his family took refuge on the Fowey man-of-war on the York River. The confrontation was averted, and the town calmed down enough for the family to return. However, they stayed for only a few weeks before leaving Williamsburg for good.

Sources: Noel Hume, 1775.

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