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Tango0128 Nov 2020 4:40 p.m. PST

"On 2 Dec. 1814, British naval forces commanded by Capt. Robert Barrie shelled and seized the town of Tappahannock during the War of 1812. Aiding the British were three companies of African American Colonial Marines composed of escaped slaves. By 4 Dec., when the British departed and Essex County militia reentered the town, the raiders had ransacked private houses, blown up a tannery, and burned two jails, the customs warehouse, and the courthouse. They also desecrated the burial vault of the prominent Ritchie family. This was one of the last British raids before the Treaty of Ghent was signed on 24 Dec. 1814…"
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IronDuke596 Supporting Member of TMP29 Nov 2020 7:23 a.m. PST

I had not heard of this raid so late in the year. So, I read up on it through various sources including "Terror on the Chesapeake." a detailed and accurate portrayal of the many Chesapeake raids by C.T. George.

Like many of the raids, the locals tended to exaggerate the impact of the raids. To that end George has an index titled "British Atrocities or Yankee Propaganda" that gives a reality check to many of these raids.

In any case a good find T. Thanks.

Tango0129 Nov 2020 3:33 p.m. PST

A votre service mon ami! (smile)


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