Williamsburg Militia Company March on the Governor’s Palace

Williamsburg Militia Company, Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia

Williamsburg Militia Company, Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia

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Williamsburg Militia Company March on the Governor’s Palace

During the night of April 20-21, 1775, British sailors, acting on royal governor Lord Dunmore’s orders, removed the gunpowder of the Williamsburg Militia Company from the Magazine alongside Market Square. The following day the Militia Company staged a march on the Governor’s Palace to demand its return.

Lord Dunmore, Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia

Lord Dunmore, Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia

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Lord Dunmore met the militia on the Palace Green, not allowing them to reach the Governor’s Palace.  Violence was averted although the Gunpowder Incident, as it became known, helped move Virginia toward revolution.

Reenactors on the Palace Green, Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia

Reenactors on the Palace Green, Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia

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Both during and after the reenactment of the march on the Governor’s Palace there are many bystanders who add to the atmosphere and provide wonderful opportunities for both candid and staged photographs, many of which can be made without the visitors in the background.

Reenactors on the Palace Green, Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia

Reenactors on the Palace Green, Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia

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