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Virtual Lecture – Lord Dunmore’s War: Las Conflict of America’s Colonial Era

May 7 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

This presentation explains the causes and conduct of the last Indian War before the start of the American War for Independence. Set during what some would call the “Quiet Time,” many historians pay it little attention or misinterpret its historical significance. However, John Murray, fourth Earl of Dunmore, the last royal governor of Virginia, led the colony’s soldiers “in his majesty’s service” in a defensive war that culminated in a successful offensive military expedition. Set against the backdrop of the deepening constitutional crisis that soon spun out of control, the campaign’s decisive battle was fought as delegates from twelve of the thirteen colonies met at Philadelphia in the First Continental Congress. Although the victorious Lord Dunmore returned to Williamsburg in triumph and at the height of his popularity in December 1774, before another year ended he would be vilified by Virginians and flee his capital.
At the conclusion, participants will learn that Revolution was not necessarily inevitable in 1774 Virginia. Furthermore, Dunmore’s War had a surprising beneficial effect that favored the Americans in the early years of the Revolutionary War. It will also inform participants, and dispel many “myths”, about the organization, composition, and tactical doctrine of Virginia’s colonial militia before the Revolution.
Cost: $15 per household for General Admission; $10 per household for HA Members, Military, and HA Docents


May 7
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm