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|Commonwealth of Virginia|
United States of America
June 25, 1788 (10th)
Virginia, officially the Commonwealth of Virginia, is a state in the South Atlantic region of the United States, bordered by Maryland, Kentucky, West Virginia, and North Carolina. It was one of the thirteen colonies that claimed independence from Great Britain during the American Revolutionary War.
Lord Dunmore, governed Virginia before the Revolution. At the start of the war, Dunmore issued a decree promising freedom to any slaves belonging to the Patriots who would escape and enlist in the British Army. George Davidson was among the slaves who joined Lord Dunmore's Ethiopian Regiment. The Templars tried to kill Dunmore but Connor sent his apprentices to intercept the assassin before they could complete their mission. Later, they protected the governor during the burning of Norfolk in January 1776, and he left the colony by the end of the year.
In 1781, the British Army under Charles Cornwallis' command came to Virginia following an extended campaign in the southern colonies. The Colonial Assassins supported the Continental Army during the Battles of Petersburg, Spencer's Ordinary and Green Spring, though the outcomes were generally in favor of the British. Cornwallis then camped his forces in Yorktown on Chesapeake Bay, which he enforced against a ground attack, and awaited supplies from the Royal Navy in New York City.
Admiral de Grasse of the French Navy sailed to Chesapeake Bay, and held it against the Royal Navy with the aid of the Aquila, forcing the British fleet to abandon Virginia. The Continental and French armies marched on Yorktown and laid siege. Connor's apprentices infiltrated Yorktown and sabotaged the fortifications, allowing the Franco-American Alliance to place their cannons in a suitable position, thereby forcing Cornwallis to surrender. The British defeat at the Siege of Yorktown forced them to negotiate an end to the war. In the meantime, Washington recovered an Apple of Eden.