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Catalog Number 2009.30.1
Title Letter describing Sack of Hampton and other events during War of 1812
Collection General Collection
Object Type Letter
Date June/July 1813
Description/Scope & Content Letter from Margaret Ann Bowyer[?] to her sister, Port Republick, Va., written between June 3 and July 10, 1813. The letter describes British attacks during the War of 1812: "The enemy keeps possession of the Chesapeek and frequently they land in small parties, and when they have perpetrated deeds of murder sparing neither women or children but with more than savage barbarity they spread desolation around them, then reatreat to their fleet....." and goes on to describe the sack of Hampton on June 25th: "The enemy took possession of Hampton the 25th of June and remained untill the 3d of July, during their stay, their conduct exhibited deeds of infamy and barbarity which none but the British savages could have been so callous and so lost to the tender feelings of human nature as to have perpetrated. They pillaged the place of every article they could convey to their shipping they murdered the sick an dieing and comitted the most horried and cruel insults to the defenclys young ladys." The letter also describes a sermon preached by Rev'd Mr. Fry for Mr. Yancy's funeral, the "delicate state of health" of Sister Fanny[?], Bowyer's husband's sickness, Bowyer's son Peter's visit "to take a long and perhaps last farewell in this world" before seeing battle in the war, the sisters' mother living with Brother Benjamin, the Governor's sending reinforcements to defend Staunton, and "accounts in the papers of the insurrections, and the Indians joining the blacks in the frontiers of Georgia."
People Yancy, Mr.
Fry, Rev'd.
Fanny
Benjamin
Bonyer, Margaret Ann
Topics War of 1812
Media/Interactives Transcript of letter. Open document in new window to view at full size.