George Washington pt.3
Updated: 5/25/2020
George Washington pt.3
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  • From his headquarters at Main Street's City Tavern.
  • Arnold wrote a letter to Jefferson, saying that if he could move the city's tobacco stores and military arms to his ships, he would leave Richmond unharmed
  • Jefferson's response was livid, refusing that a turncoat do anything to Richmond's supplies.
  • Upon receiving the letter the next day on January 6, Arnold was enraged, and ordered Richmond to be set to the torch.
  • When the news of Richmond's destruction reached Jefferson, he was aghast. Arnold's British force had entered Virginia's very capital, unopposed, and had singlehandedly defiled it.
  • The Governor called his friend, Sampson Mathews, the Colonel of the Virginia militia, and ordered him to assault Arnold's forces. Mathews built up a group of around 200 militiamen, and embarked hastily to catch and damage Arnold's slow-moving army near Richmond.
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