Stephanie Rosales Period 5
Patriots Gain Control of Virginia
The Virginia and North Carolina militias defeat 800 slaves and 200 redcoats serving John Murray, earl of Dunmore and governer of Virginia.
Governer Dunmore had removed to the Tory stronghold of Norfolk after Patriots drove him from the capitol Williamsburg, in June, 1775
By November 7, 1775, he offered emancipation to any slave of a patriot master willing to join his forces
George Washington feared Dunmore was correct and wrote to the continental congress from New England, warning them that they needed to see to it that Dunmore was instantly crashed.
When Dunmore's forces won a resounding victory at Kemp's Landing, it looked like Dunmore's troops, dubbed the Ethiopian Regiment, would ensure continued British rule in Virginia, despite a backlash against him among