The Virginia Gazette

Today in the 1770s: May 27

Williamsburg, June 1.
Gwin's island which contains 2300 acres of land, with about 500 head of cattle, 1000 sheep, etc. situate at the mouth of Piankatank river, is now possessed by the enemy. Lord Dunmore landed 800 men there on Monday last [May 27], who have thrown up an entrenchment on the land side, which is guarded chiefly by the black regiment.

Virginia Gazette (Dixon & Hunter) June 1, 1776

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In November 1775, Dunmore had emancipated the slaves of the American patriots and invited the slaves to join him. He named them "Dunmore's Royal Ethiopian Regiment". It is this regiment that guarded the land side of the island, facing the Gloucester County mainland.

Sources: Wrike, p 9.

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