The Virginia Gazette

Today in the 1770s: February 26

WILLIAMSBURG, February 26, 1777.
ORDERED, that all the prisoners of wars of this state (mariners taken on board merchant ships excepted) be sent to Philadelphia, under the escort of the continental recruits from the several counties in which the said prisoners now are; and that the county lieutenants of such counties respectively deliver the said prisoners to the commanding officer of the recruits, taking his receipt for them. By order of the Board ARCH, BLAIR, CL. CON.

Virginia Gazette (Purdie) February 28, 1777

About this entry:

The procedure for transporting British/loyalist prisoners of war from Virginia to Philadelphia is described. Appointed in July 1776, Archibald Blair served as Clerk of the Council of State for almost twenty-five years and supervised the copying and authenticating of the public records that passed through the governor's office.

Sources: DVB vol.1

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