|America Invaded Van|
"Virginia is a state with a proud military tradition and an enduring military presence. From its founding, the Commonwealth was pretty much baptized in the blood of multiple invasions."
We also discussed the leadership of Virginia's George Washington in the American Revolution...
|George Washington bust|
Museum of the American Revolution, Philadelphia, PA
Washington was an imperfect military commander—he lost more battles than he won. He was, however, a tremendous motivator of men, who endured their hardships while on campaign at Valley Forge and elsewhere. He was a paragon of integrity. Moreover, he won the really important battles of the war. Washington became the “indispensable man” of the American Revolution.
The colony of Virginia was by far the richest and most populous of any of the thirteen colonies at the start of the American Revolution." This made Virginia a key target for the British during the American Revolution.
|St. Paul's Church|
On January 1, 1776 the Royal Navy bombarded the town of Norfolk. A cannonball, perhaps fired by the HMS Liverpool, struck a church.
Fired by Lord Dunmore
Jan 1, 1776
A visitor to Norfolk today will find this same cannonball embedded in a corner of St' Paul's Episcopal church in downtown Norfolk. One does not have to venture far for proof that Virginia was fought over many times.
Virginia would see fighting in the War of 1812 as well...
"The War of 1812 was initiated by Virginian James Madison. During this war, the British imposed a naval blockade on Virginia ports and attacked many American vessels. The Chesapeake Bay was a vital strategic area. British landing parties also launched a large number of raids on Virginia territory. Some of these resulted in serious fighting. In June 1813, thousands of British troops attacked Craney Island with the intention of seizing Norfolk, but they were repulsed. A few days later, they seized Hampton and sacked it, but eventually withdrew, having suffered significant casualties. In April 1814, they seized and occupied Tangier Island. And then in August, a British fleet captured and plundered Alexandria."
During the US Civil War Virginia again became a major battleground. Two battles were fought at Bull Run or Manassas. The bloodiest war in American history was concluded at Appomatox Courthouse.
Finally, the USS Wisconsin (BB-64), an Iowa class battleship, is a popular tourist attraction in Norfolk (https://nauticus.org/battleship-wisconsin/). She is a sister ship to the USS Missouri on which MacArthur signed the documents ending World War II in Tokyo harbor on September 2, 1945.
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