Guns on the Chesapeake: The Winning of America's Independence


The communities along Chesapeake Bay and the many tributaries that crisscross Virginia and Maryland were under constant threat from the British during the Revolutionary War, beginning in 1775 with Dunmore's assault on the small Virginia town of Hampton and the devastating bombardment of Norfolk, through the naval conflicts and blockades, pillaging raids and burnings of shipyards, warehouses, homes and farms, the slaughter of families as well as livestock, from the banks of the James to Baltimore and Maryland's Eastern Shore, until the Battle of the Capes and the Yorktown victory that won America's independence. And still, even after the armistice in 1783, the fighting and the dying continued in the Battle of the Barges, said to be the bloodiest naval battle on the bay during the war. The revolutionary role of the two Chesapeake colonies is the focus of this book.

Gene Williamson

(1998), 2007, 5½x8½, paper, indices, 336 pp.

ISBN: 9780788409622