WILLIAMSBURG, June 13, 1777.
An express arrived in town last night from General Washington to his Excellency the Governor, informing him that on Saturday the 24th ult. a fleet of 200 transports sailed from New York, whether they had troops on board, or where they were bound the General was not informed, but recommends to the Governor to have the militia put on the best footing, that we may be ready to receive them.
Virginia Gazette (Dixon & Hunter) June 13, 1777
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General Washington alerts Governor Patrick Henry that the British may be coming to Virginia. The British soldiers maneuvered in New Jersey throughout June, hoping to lure Washington out in the open. That being unsuccessful, General Howe finally sent the British fleet of 267 warships down the east coast and up the Chesapeake Bay to Elk Ferry Maryland.
Sources: Blanco, "Brandywine", v1, p156.