The Virginia Gazette

Today in the 1770s: July 25

WILLIAMSBURG, July 27, 1776.
Thursday, the 25th instant the DECLARATION of INDEPENDENCE of the UNITED COLONIES was proclaimed here, and received with universal applause, under the discharge of cannon, firing of small arms, illuminations in the evening, etc. etc.

Virginia Gazette (Dixon & Hunter) July 29, 1776
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Fifty-six years later Joseph Bridges, a soldier in the 2nd Virginia Regiment, remembered hearing the Declaration of Independence in Williamsburg - In July 1776 the regiment marched to Williamsburg where the Declaration of Independence was read to the troops by Benjamin Waller, Clerk of the General Court.

Sources: Dorman, v. 10, p25

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