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orfolk; but, like the Yankees at Portsmouth, the British commanders became alarmed at the noise around them, and the fortifications were hastily abandoned. Twenty pieces of cannon were dismantled and spiked before Lord Dunmore took to his ships. Owing to the increasing hostility of the people the fleet could not get provisions, and Lord Dunmore sent word to the Virginia authorities that unless they furnished him, he would bombard the town. No attention was paid to this, and on the 1st of January, 1776, after a notice to non-combatants to leave the city, he opened fire. The wooden buildings by the water were soon in flames, and owing to high winds the conflagration spread until nineteenths of the city was destroyed. Several times after the British fleet came into Hampton Roads, and two or three times Portsmouth, immediately across the river, was occupied. That town also suffered severely during the war and was frequently used as places of rendezvous, as Annapolis and Old Poin