The Virginia Gazette

Today in the 1770s: August 29

WILLIAMSBURG, August 29, 1777.
Deserted from the French Company in Williamsburg, ANDREW DANIEL about 20 Years old, 5 feet 2 inches high, short reddish Hair, speaks a little broken English, went off without Regimentals, had a long smooth Vissage. Whoever apprehends said Deserter shall have TEN DOLLARS Reward, paid by the commanding Officer, of said Company at Williamsburg. LAGIRORUETE

Virginia Gazette (Dixon & Hunter) August 29, 1777

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In April 1777 the Council of the State of Virginia gave "several French Gentlemen" permission to raise a Corps of French troops. By August 29 soldiers of the French Company were performing garrison duty in Williamsburg.

Sources: Virginia. Journal of the Council, vol.1, 389,473

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