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‘Revolutionary Week’ in Mathews to feature ‘Crickets on A Hill’ musical

The Battle of Cricket Hill, viewed by many historians as a major defining battle of the Revolutionary War, took place in the waters of Milford Haven and Hills Bay off the shore of Gwynn’s Island in Mathews County. In recognition of the significance of this battle in directing the destiny of our nation, the County will celebrate throughout the 4th of July week with a series events, including a grand musical historical play June 30 and July 1, fireworks mid-week, culminating the following weekend with an encampment, reenactment and commemoration on Gwynn’s Island.

The Battle
The last British Governor of Virginia, Lord Dunmore, fled Williamsburg in June of 1775, accompanied by approximately 80 ships and a cadre of fellow loyalists, looking for a safe harbor. The entourage worked its way up the Chesapeake to Gwynn’s Island and set anchor, thinking they’d found a refuge where they would be safe from rebel attack, could replenish supplies, and nurse the sick as a result of a smallpox outbreak. 

According to the spring edition of the Mathews County Historical Society newsletter, the patriots were waiting, led by General Andrew Lewis of Augusta County. They threw up earthworks and brought cannons for defense of Cricket Hill. As Dunmore surveyed his opposition ashore, he dismissively dubbed the patriot force as looking like a “bunch of crickets.” Those were fateful words. On the morning of July 9, the Governor’s own ship was hit with cannon fire, which entered his cabin, damaging his china and sending a splinter into his leg. On July 13 he departed Milford Haven as the last royal governor of Virginia.

Read the rest of this story in this week’s Southside Sentinel at newsstands throughout the county, or sign up here to receive a print and/or electronic pdf subscription.

posted 06.06.2018

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