The Virginia Gazette

Today in the 1770s: December 6

WILLIAMSBURG, December 6, 1776.
The officers and troopers belonging to the HORSE are to repair to this place by the 11th of the month, without fail, to join the regiment, which is ordered to march to reinforce his Excellency GENERAL WASHINGTON, or, after that day, to rendezvous at Fredericksburg, where the regiment will march from this place. Such soldiers as are, through sickness, unable to march, must certify the same to the commanding officer, under the hand of a magistrate of the county where he resides, or he must expect to be treated as a deserter. THEODORICK BLAND, major commandant.

Virginia Gazette (Purdie) December 13, 1776

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Theodorick Bland was to command six troops of light horse to Brunswick New Jersey and to take with them all the prisoners of war held in Virginia for exchange for Fort Washington. Fort Washington (in present day New York City) and more than 2,800 soldiers had been captured by the British and Hessian troops on November 16 of that year.

Sources: VA Gaz, (Purdie, 12/6/76),

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