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George Bancroft, History of the United States from the Discovery of the American Continent, Vol. 10 1 1 Browse Search
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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 Point are used by the Yankees. On the 18th of April, 1781, a large body of British troops, under Maj. Gen. Phillips and Brig Gen. Arnold, embarked at Portsmouth on an expedition for the purpose of destroying some American stores. A body of light infantry was sent up the Chickahominy ten or twelve miles, where several armed ships, sundry warehouses, and some ship-yards were burned. Five miles below the city of Norfolk is Crany Island, lying at the entrance of the harbor, three miles from Hampton Roads.--During the last war with England