The Virginia Gazette

Today in the 1770s: September 10

WILLIAMSBURG, War Office, September 10, 1779.
The Board of War hereby order Lieutenant Daugherty of the navy, to repair to this Board instantly, to answer for very unwarrantable conduct. By order of the Board, H. RANDOLPH, Clerk.

Virginia Gazette (Dixon Nicolson) September 25, 1779
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While we do not know what Daugherty's offense was, we do know that the Virginia Navy was at a low point in 1779. A British naval raid in May 1779 had captured or destroyed 137 American vessels and burned down the shipyard at Gosport, considered the finest yard in America. The Virginia Navy had not fired a shot.

Sources: Cross, p48-54

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