WILLIAMSBURG, August 22, 1777.
The professors and students of William and Mary College, agreeable to an act of the last Assembly, have formed themselves into a company, who are to do duty with the militia of this city, and have appointed the following officers, viz. Rev. James Madison Captain; Granville Smith first Lieutenant; William Nelson, Jun. second Lieutenant, and Daniel Fitzhugh Ensign.
Virginia Gazette (Dixon &Hunter) August 22, 1777
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In May 1777, the General Assembly of Virginia passed a law that "all male persons between the ages of sixteen and fifty years . . . and such of the professors and students of William and Mary college as would otherwise be part of the militia of James City county, in which the college is situate, shall . . . be enrolled and formed into companies . . ." James Madison was the President of the College, while the others were students.
Sources: Virginia Statutes, v9, p313; Swem, Alumni