The Virginia Gazette

Today in the 1770s: March 6

NEW YORK, March 6, 1776.
WE are informed, by a captain of a vessel from Rhode Island, that last week capt. Wallace landed his marines on Conanicut in the evening, and began to burn the buildings, but being discovered by one of the sentinels, a number of our people concealed themselves behind the walls and fences until they came near them; but the commander, thinking it unfair to fire on them without giving them notice, called out, Who comes there, when he heard Wallace order his men to make ready, upon which our party instantly fired among them, and killed and wounded 30 of Wallace's people. Among the slain was an officer of marines, and a drummer, who was killed by Wallace's side, which was plainly seen by the light of the houses on fire. Those that were not wounded of Wallace's party retreated on board the ship, with greater haste than they landed.

Virginia Gazette (Purdie) March 22, 1776

About this entry:

The Virginia Gazette printed all the war news, both good and bad. In this instance, British Captain James Wallace commanded a small flotilla that conducted a series of raids on the New England colonies in late 1775 and early 1776 to procure supplies for the British in Boston. Conanicut Island is in Narragansett Bay near Newport, RI.

Sources: HDAR

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