The Virginia Gazette

Today in the 1770s: July 27

WILLIAMSBURG, July 27, 1776.
It is reported that Lord Dunmore's miscreants, since they were driven from Gwyn's Island, have received a severe drubbing on the Maryland shore of Potowmack, where they landed in hopes of procuring some necessaries, but were disappointed, and forced away after losing ten or more privates of the 14th regiment, who were killed; that the shipping are gone up the river, all in mourning supposed for some of the leaders of the gang, or perhaps the magnanimous Chief himself. Two tenders, it is also said, are burnt, and their crews taken, about 50 in all. Our gallies and other armed vessels will soon be ready to meet them.

Virginia Gazette (Dixon & Hunter) July 29, 1776

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A small fleet of British vessels sailed up the Potomac, possibly with the idea of landing at Mt. Vernon and capturing Martha Washington. They were within 15 miles of Mt. Vernon when they met with resistance. Fire was exchanged, each side had casualties and each side claimed victory.

Sources: Wrike, p 92-95

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