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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 1. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), A vindication of Virginia and the South. (search)
colonists, that they should all, for the common good and common safety, separate themselves from Great Britain and strike for independent existence. In a resolution, unanimously adopted in convention for a declaration of such independence, it is urged that the King's representative in Virginia was tempting our slaves by every artifice to resort to him, and training and employing them against their masters. Resolutions of Virginia for a Declaration of Independence, unanimously adopted 15th May, 1776.--Page 1, Code of Virginia, 1860. To counteract this attempt by the New England people to do the like, the Legislatures of Virginia and other Southern States felt themselves constrained to curtail the privileges of the slave, to increase the patrols, and for the public safety to enact severe laws against the black man. This grated upon the generous feelings of our people the more, because they were thus compelled in self-defence to spread hateful laws upon the statute-book of their State
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Revolutionary War, (search)
e French Court March 2, 1776 Howe evacuates Boston March 17, 1776 Congress authorizes privateeringMarch 23, 1776 Congress orders the ports open to all nations April 6, 1776 North Carolina declares for independence April 22, 1776 American forces under Gen. John Thomas retire from the siege of Quebec May 6, 1776 Rhode Island, May 4; Massachusetts, May 10; and Virginia, May 14, declare for independence 1776 Congress advises each colony to form a government independent of Great Britain May 15, 1776 Resolution introduced in Congress by Richard Henry Lee, that the United Colonies are and ought to be free and independent States; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British crown, and that their political connection with Great Britain is and ought to be totally dissolved June 7, 1776 Committee appointed by Congress to prepare a form of confederationJune 11, 1776 Committee appointed by Congress to draw up a Declaration of Independence June 11, 1776 Board of war and o
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Virginia, (search)
esident......July, 1775 This convention appoints Patrick Henry commander-in-chief of the Virginian forces......1775 Battle of Great Bridge, near the Dismal Swamp, 12 miles from Norfolk......Dec. 9, 1775 Lord Dunmore burns Norfolk......Jan. 1, 1776 Patrick Henry, feeling slighted, resigns as commander-in-chief......February, 1776 Patrick Henry elected a delegate to the convention......April, 1776 Convention instructs her delegates to Congress to advocate independence......May 15, 1776 Declaration of rights by George Mason adopted by the convention......June 12, 1776 Patrick Henry elected governor of Virginia......June, 177( State constitution adopted, and colonial government ceases in Virginia......June 29, 1776 Kentucky made a county of Virginia......1776 Henry Clay born in The Slashes, Hanover county......April 12, 1777 Maj. George Rogers Clarke sent by Governor Henry with an expedition against the British fort at Kaskaskia (now in Illinois), and c
Hon. J. L. M. Curry , LL.D., William Robertson Garrett , A. M. , Ph.D., Confederate Military History, a library of Confederate States Military History: Volume 1.1, Legal Justification of the South in secession, The South as a factor in the territorial expansion of the United States (ed. Clement Anselm Evans), The South as a factor in the territorial expansion of the United States. (search)
dissolved. That it is expedient forthwith to take the most effectual measures for forming foreign alliances. That a plan of confederation be prepared and transmitted to the respective colonies for their consideration. Thus was outlined the policy of Virginia. By the adoption of the motion of her delegates, July 2, 1776, it became the policy of the United States. (Am. Arch., Fourth Series, Vol. 6, p. 1699.) Let us now examine the policy of Maryland. Her state convention met May 15, 1776, the day on which the convention of Virginia adopted the instructions in favor of independence. May 21, 1776, the Maryland convention gave to its delegates the following instructions: Resolved, unanimously, That, as this convention is firmly persuaded that a reunion with Great Britain on constitutional principles would most effectually secure the rights and liberties, and increase the strength and promote the happiness of the whole empire, objects which this province has ever had in v
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 27. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.7 (search)
It will help to a clearer understanding if we take one Commonwealth and portray her relations to the Union, and as we are to-day to honor the memory of Virginians, I shall select for that purpose our native State. Virginia was one of the original colonies, having a separate existence from the other colonies, and yet, like the others, forming an integral part of the British Empire. Pending this political relation, the allegiance of her citizens was due the British crown. On the 15th of May, 1776, the people of Virginia met in convention, and acting without association with any of the other colonies, declared her separation from and independence of Great Britain. Bill of rights. On the 12th of June, 1776, she adopted and proclaimed her bill of rights; and on the 29th of June adopted her Constitution. She declared all power of government vested in her own people, who alone succeeded to the rights and territories of the crown. Her governor and State officers were elected
of Lexington, m. 13 Apr. 1817. Boardman and Bordman, a prominent family, more particularly in the First Parish. Moses m. Elizabeth Fillebrown, 25 Dec. 1746. Elizabeth m. Andrew Brown of 2d Reg't, 13 Dec. 1775. Elizabeth m. John Brown, 13-15 May, 1776. Andrew and w. Mary were adm. to the Second Prec't Church, 1 Mar. 1778. See Paige. Bodge. See Budge. Boutell, John, of Charlestown, and Hannah Winship of Dorchester, m. 21 Oct. 1812. Pub. Oct. 4, 1812.—Wyman, 100. Bowers, John, andnotomy in 1777 and 1781, and afterward was prob. of Concord. Lt. Daniel Brown was chosen Prect. treasurer in 1785, but declined serving. 2. John, from Boston, d. at Thomas Hall's, 24 May, 1754, a. 6 yrs. John m. Elizabeth Boardman, 13 or 15 May, 1776 (see Paige, 503). Susanna m. Stephen Frost, 20 Dec. 1772. Andrew, of Second Regt., m. Elizabeth Boardman, 13 Dec. 1775. Hannah m. Thomas Fillebrown, 1 Dec. 1778. Miriam m. Richard Cutter 25 May, 1781 —Cutter (par. 18). Submit and Jesse Ric
sneered at by gentlemen on this floor as ridiculous and absurd, and those who advocated it had been denounced as traitors. In his own remarks he intended to be courteous and respectful to all. He believed the day was not far distant when every one here, and the whole people of Virginia, would rally to the defence of the rights of the State, and show to the world that man could and would be free. He maintained that Virginia was the first to exercise the right of secession. On the 15th of May, 1776, before the Declaration of Independence, Virginia met, without consulting with the Border States, or asking anybody what she should do, and in the plenitude of her sovereignty and in the depth of her patriotism, severed her connection with Great British and exercised the right of secession.--Thus it was Virginia doctrine. It was referred to by John Quincy Adams, and applied as an argument in favor of the right of sovereignty. But a second time she exercised her sovereign right, by ina
The Daily Dispatch: April 11, 1861., [Electronic resource], Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch. (search)
s been a gala day in our village.--Three volunteer companies were on parade, the "Wythe Rifles,"Capt. Willis, the "Washington Artillery, "Capt Smith, and the "Old Dominion Dragoons," Capt. Phillips, named respectively in honor of our great county man, George Wythe; the great leader of accession in 176, George Washington, who vindicated the right of self-government by the sword; and our "good old State," who, first of the thirteen Colonies, seceded alone from a union with tyranny, on the 15th May, 1776 and who will yet establish her claim to lead the van of freedom's hosts. Names are things, and in the above selection the careful observer will see reflected the spirit of the men who compose their ranks; and should the despot at Washington let loose his myrmidons to enslave a gallant people, be assured that they will do no dishonor to the place of their nativity, where the firstgun of the Revolution was fired. After the parade was over, in response to a call for a meeting of the "