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Posted on: October 25, 2021

Revolutionary Hampton Virtual Series

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Revolutionary Hampton Virtual Series
Stay tuned for a video series created by Hampton History Museum staff that explores the people and events in and around Hampton during the American War for Independence. 

Here is some of what you’ll discover:

The October 27, 1775 Battle of Hampton was the first battle of the Revolutionary War outside New England. The battle helped change public opinion in Virginia toward independence, and helped Virginia take a leadership role in promoting independence in the Continental Congress. 

Sailors from Hampton led Virginia’s fight against Britain’s Royal Navy. They enforced boycotts on trade with Britain and prevented Royal Navy ships from obtaining supplies. Their efforts led to the formation of the Virginia Navy, whose home port was Hampton and which served as Virginia’s first line of defense throughout the Revolutionary War.

Individual people in Hampton fought for liberty in a wide variety of ways. Many fought as soldiers and sailors to protect their homes against British attack, and to protest British policies they saw as unjust. Hundreds of enslaved people sought freedom by escaping from Hampton’s waterfront to British ships, or by serving as soldiers and sailors on both sides of the war.

Hampton was a major wartime medical center. It had several hospitals supporting the Virginia Navy, Virginia troops, and allied French soldiers and sailors. Doctors and surgeons in Hampton were on the front lines of wartime epidemics and helped lead inoculation efforts against smallpox. 

After videos debut on our Facebook page, you can later find them on our YouTube playlist and website www.hamptonhistorymuseum.org.

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