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The high-hearted Virginians leaped to the aid of the mother country, and attacked the Isthmus of Panama called Darien , but, at Carthagena, Admiral Edward Vernon sus- tained an ignominious defeat. The combined French and Spanish fleets might at any time enter the Chesapeake in retaliation.

The enemy's fleet, so constantly expected, never arrived. At the same meeting of the Common Hall this interesting reso- lution was adopted: "Hon. Robert Dinwiddle, Esq. The first, great celebration in this city was staged July 23, three months after the battle. A new street, just opened, was named Cumberland. It leads from one cemetery to another. The names recall the loyalty and patriotism of that day. Granby was named for John Manners, the Marquis of Granby , who won a series of slashing victories in the Seven Years' War It is not to Norfolk's credit that "Market" was substituted for "Wolfe".

Other streets honor the Governors of Virginia and their families. Sir William Gooch, the most efficient of our Colonial executives, who ruled for twenty-two years with moderation, wisely and well, , was a native of Yarmouth, Suffolk, England. A street in Norfolk and a pleasant town in Nansemond were called for him. Norbonne Berkeley, Baron de Botetourt, was the most popular of our governors We have a short street commemorating his short term, a time when Virginia was a-thrill with thought and feeling.

Three streets in the business section of the city recall John Murray, the Earl of Dunmore, the last and most unpopular of our royal governors; Dunmore, Catherine and Charlotte. Forrest is authority for the statement that the Earl left Norfolk for the last time at the foot of Dunmore Street; hence the name. Some authorities claim Charlotte Street as her memorial, which we would prefer to believe. Queen Street was certainly named for her. Freemason has a story. It is contended that the first Masonic lodge in the Western World was instituted at Norfolk by some of our Scotch gentlemen, and chartered, June 1, , "St.

John's Lodge No. A4agazine Lane retains its name from a magazine for powder built by the Borough, Randolph Street is probably a memorial to Sir John, the Re- corder. Wertenbaker quotes the "Norfolk Herald" as authority for this statement. The people did not like the new Governor, and he did not like them. There are nine sections, articulated to form a complete whole, forty-one inches in length.

The head has three sections, the staff six, bearing the hall-mark F. The staff, elaborately ornamented with leaves and scrolls, measures twenty-eight inches, is of irregular size, averaging two and one-half inches in diameter. The bowl or head of the Mace is cylindrical, seven inches long and five and one-quarter inches in diameter.

The top is slightly rounded, and on it, under the open crown work, are the Royal Arms of Cireat Britain in the reign of Cieorge II, the letters G and R and the usual mottoes between the lion and unicorn. Fhe emblems of England, Scotland, Ireland and France are engraved each in a separate panel, with the combined quarterin'gs of Great Britain.

The rose of Enti:land and thistle of Scotland growing from the same stem, the fle'iir tie lis of France and harp of Ireland, and a crown over each panel are significant embellishments. The bowl is surmounted bv an open crown eight inches across, formed bv four bands united at the top to support a globe, on which rests a cross. In graceful lines around the base the inscription in Roman letters reads: "'I'he iiftof the Hon. Robert Dinwiddie, Esq. Governor of Virginia, to the Corporation of Norfolk, During the colonial period, as we suppose, the iMace, the symbol of authority, was handed to each mayor when installed, with due and becoming ceremony.

Doubtless it appeared in circumstances high and significant. Such is British custom. Forrest assures us that "it was formerly carried before the mayor on going to court and in all public processions. Richard Kelsick, elected June, , served a year; then Josiah Smith became mayor again. John Phripp, elected in , served one year; then John Tucker, elected in , and Robert Tucker in ; then Wilson Newton in , and Christopher Perkins in Paul Loyall was elected in , and Archibald Campbell in Lewis Hansford followed Campbell Maximilian Calvert was mayor in the troubled year and in the spring of , when the Sons of Liberty protested the Stamp Act March James Taylor followed Calvert, then George Abyvon was again mayor Cornelius Calvert followed Abyvon for a year.

Maximilian Calvert was again elected June, Charles Thomas served a year and gave place to George Abyvon, the third time. Paul Loyall took a second term in , and "the records do '1 not show the length of his troubled term," for Norfolk was destroyed in As Paul Loyall was then mayor, we suppose he buried the Mace at Kempsville. We suppose that Mr. Loyall also restored the Mace to the city when rebuilt. It was no longer used, but became a relic, half forgotten. To quote Robert P. Beaman: "Chief of Police C.

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Iredell discovered the mace, in a state of disrepair, Iving in a heap of letters and old records at the police station. The city officials re- t]uested the Norfolk National Bank to become its custodian after it was reconditioned. Since that time more than forty years ago the Norfolk National and the National Bank of Commerce have guarded this priceless possession of the community. The bank has provided for the Mace a crystal vault set with mirrors. It may be visited and closely inspected any day during banking hours. The State of South Carolina has a mace which is carefully guarded in the capitol at Columbia.

XVI— The St. They demanded enforcement of the finan- cial laws, which the Whigs had allowed to lie dormant. The Sugar Act, for an instance, placed a tariff of threepence 6c a gallon on molasses. One William Smith reported to Edward H. Moseley, the surveyor for Elizabeth River customs' officer , that certain ships were smuggling molasses into port. The town went wild with indignation against tattling Billy. To enforce the Sugar Act was to cut off valuable trade from Norfolk. He was dragged out by a passing boat — and no doubt learned to hold his tongue ever after.

Next came the Tory Stamp Act. Thirty influential citizens spent an entire night discussing the matter, at the home of Mayor Calvert. Norfolk was a Tory town. Only fifty-seven signed the Protest. It read: "We will by all lawful means defend ourselves in the full enjoyment of, and preserve inviolate to posterity, those inestimable privileges of all free-born British subjects, of being taxed only by representatives of their own choosing. If we quietly submit to the Stamp Act all our claims to civil liberty will be lost, and we, and our posterity, become absolute slaves. Thomas Davis, rector of the Borough Church, a true and courageous patriot, devoted to the cause of his country.

As many of his congregation were bitter Tories, one cannot but admire the courage of this clergyman. He remained with the parish until town and church were destroyed, ten years later. Houses were decorated, toasts drunk and at deep twilight bonfires blazed forth. Charles Townshcnd invented new taxes destined to cost ireat Britain half her empire. The tax on tea was one such. The "Alary and John" sailed into port with nine chests of tea August A mass meeting in Norfolk decided that the tea must be returned.

It was! Ai, Prosperity Virginia was rich and prosperous during the last decade of our colorful, colonial era, and Norfolk, now the metropolis of the Do- minion, reflected the golden glow. English, Scotch and Dutch buyers were forever bidding against each other for fragrant tobacco piled high in our huge warehouses. An earnest Methodist, one Robert Williams, came here and preached on the Court-house steps, in private residences, in ware- houses and any other place people would listen.

William Watters wrote of the Norfolk converts: "Their convictions were slight and their desires very faint. Such Methodists I have never seen". But the people of Portsmouth heard Robert Williams gladly, and there he established a church which flourishes to this dav Monumental. Those Scotch Presbyterians who came to Norfolk left their re- ligion behind. Francis Makemie brought an earnest and faithful pastor. Mackie, to Norfolk. He preached for over twenty years , but when he died the church died with him.

When the great, red sun rose from the calm waters of the Chesapeake July 8, the Earl was safely aboard H. His dismal prospects improved. One hundred and sixty British veterans arrived from St. Augustine, Fla. Tory gentlemen, who sympathized with the royal governor, resorted to him, and he did not despise the aid of runaway slaves. During the summer the "Otter" and "Kingfisher" arrived, and the Earl made himself comfortable on the "William", a merchant vessel.

His Excellency now commanded a motley army and navy, English and Tory, sailors and civilians, white and black, eight hun- dred strong, with ships, guns and ammunition, a formidable com- pany. But men must be fed. Food there was, and plenty, on the fertile plantations along the Chesapeake and the winding river shores. The Earl sent Captain Matthew Squires, of the "Otter", his ablest lieutenant, to plunder the plantations and bring in the forage. There was one newspaper in Norfolk, a modest sheet, "The Virginia Gazette or Norfolk Intelligencer", wholly consecrated to the patriotic cause.

The editor, John Holt, denounced the Tories in no gentle terms; he denounced the Earl of Dunmore for his cowardice and tyranny, and he especially denounced Captain Matthew Squires for raiding the plantations. The Earl warned the bold editor, but his attacks continued. The last morning in Septem- ber a squad — twelve soldiers and five sailors — landed at the ferry.

The British frigates moved nearer shore and covered Market Square with ugly guns. The squad completely wrecked Holt's Print Shop, located on the eastern side of the Square, half way to Main. They arrested two printers and marched to their boats, giving three cheers as they pulled off. The citizens protested this drastic work of destruction, but the Earl made a characteristic reply: "I could not do the people a greater service than to de- prive them of the means of having their minds poisoned and of exciting in them the spirit of rebellion and sedition. Two British sailors were killed and two wounded.

This was the first bloodshed of the Revolution m Virginia, but before that war was won every section of the Common- wealth was seared by fire and drenched with precious blood. He wrote Mayor Paul Loyall : "I shall, the first opportunity, place His Majesty's ship under my command abreast the town, and if it becomes necessary I shall use the most coersive measures in my power".

I suppose, he meant cannon, shot and shell. Mayor LoyalFs reply was worthy the finest traditions of Vir- ginia : "This corporation, notwithstanding their exposed and defenceless situation, which cannot be remedied; unbiased by fear, unappalled at the threats of unlawful power, will never desert the righteous cause of their country, plunged as it is into dreadful and unexpected calamities". Captain Leslie sailed up the Southern Branch, doubt- j less on a tip from a Tory October 12, , and returned with nineteen cannon, which he found hidden in the thickets of Dismal '.

The Earl himself sailed up the Eastern Branch to Newtown be- yond Elizabeth Park , and crossed to Kempsville with a strong force of sailors, soldiers and marines. They played havoc in the village, breaking into stores and homes, collecting such arms as they could '. Two days later, October 19th, a force raided the Tanner's Creek section now in the midst of the city , and captured twenty cannon.

By the end of October Dunmore had gathered in seventy-seven can- non and manv small arms, swords and much ammunition. The Earl heard that the "Shirtmen", as the Virginians were nicknamed, were gathering in force at ireat Bridge. He sailed up the Southern Branch to disperse them, but they were not there. The Earl sent his boats back to Norfolk and marched across country to Kemp's.

The "Shirtmen", under Colonel Anthony Lawson, fired one volley. The British were sur- prised, and twice surprised, for the untrained militia, having de- , livered their fire, became panicky and fled precipitately. The British ' returned the fire. Colonel Lawson is of especial interest to Norfolk, for he was the grandson and namesake of that earlier Colonel Anthony Lawson who was one of the two feofifees appointed to buy the famous fifty acres of land on which the city was located.

He had been the Sheriff of Princess Anne County for fifteen years He was captured by the British and sent to Florida, but returned to die at home ten years later. His was a wealthy and distinguished local family. The British marched back to Norfolk in great triumph. Thev had covered a great triangle — Great Bridge, Kempsville and Nor- folk. Many took the oath of allegiance and pinned on the red badge. After these easy and encouraging conquests the Earl made bold to issue the First Proclamation of Emancipation in America. He declared martial law, summoned all the "rebels" in Virginia to lay down their arms or to train under his standard, and proclaimed freedom for all slaves who would enlist.

The Proclamation had very considerable results. Before the war was done it is estimated that thirty thousand likely young Negroes were drawn from the plantations of Virginia. But their freedom was a doubtful benefit. Smallpox raged among them in camp, and those who did not die of it were ultimately shipped to the West Indies. The Earl made his report to ieneral William Howe Novem- ber The blacks are also flocking from all quarters, and I hope will oblige the rebels to disperse to take care of their families and propertv.

Both proclamations were strictly war measures. The object of each was to punish the stubborn slave-owners for ther "rebellion". Both execu- il tives had previously defended slavery as an institution. Dun- more's last veto was to a law passed by the House of Burgesses taxing the future importation of slaves. In his campaign for the presidency, Lincoln declared from every stump that slavery should be protected where it legally existed but not in the terri- tories. In neither case did that reaction follow. Both executives armed the slaves and used them against their former masters.

It is of great interest to know that the first Proclamation of Emancipation was issued from Norfolk, Va. Colonel Woodford moved his army, six hundred and eighty- seven strong, to the southern bridgehead at Great Bridge. He com- manded a part of the 2nd Virginia Regiment, Minute Men from Culpeper and Fauquier and Riflemen from Augusta, magnificent men all, of fine physique; grim, stern, deadly in earnest, accustomed to Indian warfare and inured to the hardships of a campaign.

The Virginians adroitlv drew the British and Tories into battle December 9, The victory at Great Bridge has not received the credit it de- serves. It was pregnant with consequences of first importance to the patriot cause, and epochal in the blood-red annals of Virginia. Immediately after the battle, the Virginians were reinforced by five hundred and eighty-eight North Carolinians under Colonel Robert Howe; who, as superior officer, assumed command.

The number of men under Woodford and Howe has been variously estimated. He at once offered amnesty to all who would swear allegiance to the "Commonwealth of Virginia". Meantime H. Dunmore at once made the "Liver- pool" his flag ship. Christmas Day brought a warlike gesture from Dunmore. His fleet of seven ships covered Norfolk with their guns from what is now Berkley Bridge to the western end of Main Street. At three in the afternoon the guns opened.

The flames spread rapidly. An aged woman was w killed, by a spent cannon ball. When the memorable year was but two hours old the Earl sent sailors to start fires, wherever possible, along the waterfront. A strong south wind whipped the flames into fury, and by daybreak billows of hre and showers of sparks swept the town.

Despite heroic efforts of soldiers and citizens Norfolk was doomed, for there was no way to fight the flames save by the tedious drawing of water from wells or bringing water from the river. Aroused from their sleep, the terror-stricken inhabitants, white and black, old and young, rich and poor, fled into the countryside, a wild and frenzied multitude.

They fought their way through smoke, flame and burning cinders. To the Earl's eternal shame be it said, he opened all his guns on the stricken town. Shot and shell hissed and shrieked through bil- lows of smoke and roaring flame. The hailstorm of deadly pro- jectiles from belching cannon, the monotonous guns punctuating the winter day with hideous roar, vast columns of smoke ascending from warehouses and homes, rolling far over land and water — these in- famies set their seal on Dunmore's memory.

From red dawn until the sun set in a canopy of smoke and blood, the work of destruction continued with tragic completeness, and when at last the fire burned itself out only the walls of the Borough Church remained, lifting a piteous appeal to heaven above the dead who slept on, undisturbed by these dire disasters. Colonel Howe, at the direction of the Committee of Safety, completed the work of destruction and marched away, February 6, , leaving only blasted ruins, sunk in the silence of death, where so lately the metropolis of Virginia flourished.

Had Norfolk not been destroyed the British would certainly have returned and made the town a fortified base, from which to harry Virginia. Many efforts have been made of late to shift the responsibility for the Borough's destruction from Dunmore to Howe. Such arguments are not conclusive. The Earl of Dunmore was as responsible for the destruction of Norfolk as if he had set the fires with his own hand. Two-thirds of the popu- lation fled before Christmas, taking with them such valuables as they might. Others resorted to the ancient trick of burying their treasures; one of whom, William Goodchild, tilled a chest with Spanish dollars and dropped it into a deep hole he excavated under the floor of his home.

Two weeks later the house was burned. William frequently returned to the deserted Borough and watchea the ashes carefully. When all was safe he dug up the chest and re- covered his treasure intact! Others returned, but slowly. There were enough people after six years to secure an amendment to the charter, permitting the people to elect the Common Council. There were twelve houses in the town by For many years the Borough Church St. Paul's was not appreciated. It was but little better than a wreck, although the roof was replaced upon the church in Not until was St.

Paul's parish organized. This picture, reproduced from a view taken about , shows the Borough church as neglected. It is now the home of an active and prosperous parish. After the Treaty of Peace many Scotch and English tobacco buyers arrived, lured bv the profit that always attaches to the weed. James Madison wrote : "Our trade was never more completely monopolized by Great Britain. Our merchants are almost all connected with that country, and that only. We have neither ships nor seamen of our own. If the tract ceased to be used for that purpose, it should revert, after seven years, to the Commonwealth.

The Burgesses had authorized the building of a lighthouse as earlv as ; if built it had fallen into decay.

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Congress acted promptly March 26, It was the Hrst structure of the kind erected in the United States by the Federal government. It is certainly one of the oldest National structures in the country, perhaps the very oldest. The ancient artisans did their work thoroughly, for the old tower stands intact and will likely defy the storms of future centuries. A modern lighthouse, nearer the shore, throws a powerful beam far across the dark waters, the gigantic guns of Fort Story rise be- hind the dunes and bid defiance to all our foes, a matchless shrine of white granite commemorates the Cross originally erected by Rev- erend Robert Hunt and a State Park adjoining preserves for pos- terity the natural beauty of primeval Virginia, unspoiled by mankind even after years.

From the top of the old lighthouse all this may be seen, and of a fine April day the beauty of spring lies upon the tranquil sea and sandy shore as it did that memorable April 26, , v. The blue of the water below reflects the blue firmament of the heavens above. Tawny moun- tains of sand roll like the waves of a sea, fi. The dunes are a desert in a world of water, thirsty hills, hot and sullen, Iving in the arms of the ocean. The Myers House, for three generations the home of that distinguished family, on the corner of Freemason and Bank Streets, is now known as Colonial House.

It was built soon after Norfolk began to rise from the ashes of the Revolution about But it was a sprawling town, aimlessly and hurriedly built, inconvenient and utterly uncomfortable, with all the raw unloveliness of haste and confusion.

The fall of the Bastile, July 14, , is usually considered the beginning of that chaotic era known as the French Revolution. From that day until Napoleon's I defeat at Waterloo, twenty-live years later June 18, , the world was convulsed and civilization rocked upon its foundations. As always, these events reacted upon Norfolk. Cargo worth ". These narrow, muddy streets were thronged with eager buyers. Everything was in demand at any price. Amidst these busy scenes a fleet of one hundred thirty-seven vessels, flying the tricolor of France, stood into Hampton Roads.

The decks were crowded with refugees who had escaped the servile insurrection in San Domingo. Many, once wealthy, were absolutely destitute. I'hey escaped only with their lives. Popular subscrip- tions, taken in Norfolk and all over the country, relieved their dire necessities. The General Assembly of Virginia voted a fund. Some re- mained and prospered here; and others located elsewhere. They proved a valuable addition to city, state and nation. The famous French author La Rochefoucauld visited Norfolk in , and wrote: "Norfolk is the only port in the southern part of this great state. Small boats only can go to Richmond and Peters- burg.

This port practically monopolizes the commerce of Virginia from the Rappahannock to the Roanoke in N. William Davies, a personal friend of Wash- ington and a son of the famous divine, Samuel Davies, was Collector of Customs. There were four shipbuilding plants in Norfolk and two in Portsmouth, and thev could not get enough labor. The growing town was not wholly materialistic. There were fine influences.


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Christ Church had just been erected on Church Street. Next to it Norfolk Academy, long the only educational in- stitution in the Borough and one of the oldest schools in America, was incorporated. The Baptists were using the old Borough Church St. He wrote a poem about the Dismal Swamp; unfortunately one of the poorest products of his gifted pen. Stephen Decatur appears in the picture, with an early passion for fame and fighting. A Directory of Norfolk was issued in by Chas. Sim- mons. A celebration was held at Jamestown, in which the citizens of Norfolk, Ports- mouth, Hampton and Williamsburg took part.

Captain Peter Nestell with a local company of artillery represented Norfolk. Blanchard, and Major John Saunders, U. The U. The British minister protested to the Navy Department at Washington. The naval authorities presented these facts, which they considered satis- factory. Although the "Chesapeake" was wholly unprepared for sea, much less for action, the Department ordered her to the Medi- terranean.

Captain James Barron weighed anchor accordingly June 22, The commanding officer signalled her to stop. The "Leopard" opened fire, and for fifteen minutes riddled the "Chesapeake".

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Three men were killed and eighteen wounded, including Captain Barron. The Stars and Stripes were lowered, and the three Americans in question taken aboard the "Leopard", which sailed for Halifax. That stroke of the Presidential pen proved the ruin of Norfolk. Hundreds of ships, instead of carrying our trade and Hag to the seven seas, rotted at delapidated wharves. Thousands of sailors were hopelessly idle. Where once the broad Elizabeth was whitened by hundreds of sails, now the water retfected only the blue vault of heaven.

Of all blunders Thomas Jefferson made as a statesman, this was the most serious. There was nothing for it but to carry on a small, local trade. As war approached Norfolk, exposed and wholly unprotected,? The cities feared total destruction, as in Not until June did the British fleet enter Hampton Roads.

Fourteen ships of the line dropped anchor off Pig Point, at the estuary of the Nansemond Sunday, June 20 , a second division anchored off Newport News Point. The flanking of Norfolk began at dawn, June How utterly unprepared we were! There were Virginians behind the earthworks on the island, militia and perhaps regulars at Fort Norfolk. The British attempted to carry the island from the rear, but the concentrated fire of the Virginians behind the deep, though narrow, channel saved the day. The British approached over shallow water in barges.

The "Centipede", the handsome boat of Admiral Warren, with seventy- five men aboard, led fifty barges and an army of 1, men to the assault. Captain Arthur Emmerson, of Portsmouth, reserved fire until the barges were in close range. He then let fly a volley with irresistable force and fury. The graceful "Centipede" was cut in twain and sank. Many of the barges fared likewise.

Others became unmanageable. The action was sharp, brief, bloody and decisive. The victory at Craney Island, like that at ireat Bridge, was won without the loss of a man! It is worthy of note that the victory at Craney Island took place six years to the day after the humiliating defeat and surrender of the V.

It is quite astonishing how the num- ber "six" recurs constantly in Norfolk's varied history, running through our story as the liet mortif through an opera. Norfolk's hero was Robert Barraud Taylor, lawyer and orator, who prepared the defense and carried it to such matchless conclusion. Without military training. General Taylor resembled Napoleon in at least one respect — he won his battles in his head before he at- tempted to meet the enemy in the field. Every detail had his personal and punctual attention. When the British fleet again returned to the vicinity of Cape Henry, the militia of these counties were called to arms, but Admiral Sir George Cockburn hoisted anchors and disappeared into the mists of the vast Atlantic.

The citizens of Norfolk did not know that New Orleans was his objective. It was our uninvited guest. Sir George Cockburn who two years later sailed to St. Helena with the most famous of political prisoners. Napoleon Bonaparte. XXV — L. Great Britain promptly closed her West Indian colonies against American ships, but the law was not strictly enforced, and some of the old trade returned. After three years Congress retaliated bv closing American ports to British ships The object of our brilliant statesmen was to force Britain to her knees. Instead of that it forced the sensa- tional development of all British colonies and completely ruined ': American commerce overseas.

Norfolk was for thirty years 50 ground between the upper and nether millstones, Washington and Westminster, and there was no relief. Vf Norfolk registered vigorous, if ineffectual, protests. It is rather strange that George Newton, the Congressman from this district for twenty years, voted for these measures! What more need be said? The shipping interests of New England suffered as did Norfolk.

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But New England harnessed her splendid and abundant water power and became industrial. The shipping interests of New York suf- fered, but the great city was saved by construction of the Erie Canal, opened October 26, , which brought the enormous and ever ex- panding commerce of the Great Lakes and Middle West to the banks of the Hudson. In the foreign commerce of New York and Virginia were about the same. The Treaty of Ghent had hardly been signed before a boat pro- pelled by steam came up the Elizabeth May 23, It is one of the dark spots in our social and moral history.

Barron felt that Decatur had been unjust to him and too severe in his punishment which followed the surrender of the V. In that he was justified. Decatur was too proud to explain and too much of a disciplinarian to retreat. The misguided friends of each ofificer, instead of acting as peacemakers, continued to foment trouble be- tween these two gallant sailors and stainless gentlemen.

Decatur left Norfolk January 1, , to make his home in Washington. Whether the quarrel moti- vated this change of residence no one knows. The two brave men met at i Bladensburg, March 22, , and both fell. Decatur died in agonv. V The visit of the Marquis de la Favette was an event of great Y social interest. At Yorktown October 19, , General Robert Barraud Taylor spoke the welcome of Virginia, in an address, the memory of which still pleasantly lingers.

On Friday, October 22, , aboard the Steamer "Petersburg", the General landed at the foot of Market Square, amidst the salute of guns and the plaudits of a great multitude.

Mayor John E. Holt received him officially, and under a huge arch where the Confederate Monument now stands the Mayor and William Maxwell delivered eloquent addresses to the distinguished visitor. Above his head, on the arch, "Welcome La- Fayette" was done in bold letters with flowers and autumn leaves. Processions, receptions, banquets and balls, in both Norfolk and Portsmouth, left no doubt of popular enthusiasm and appreciation. After four glad days the Marquis took up his journey to Petersburg. The most famous of all Norfolk's citizens was a lieutenant in the Navy — David Glasgow Farragut, who married twice in the city, I and made his home here continuously until the War Between the States.

When Farragut returned to Norfolk in , he established a naval school, certainly the first in America, perhaps the first in the world, aboard the U. When the young officer was ordered to sea, after two years, the School was closed Unfortunately, no effort was made by the business or political leaders of the city to save the nascent insti- tution. The Dismal Swamp Canal was opened the last day of , after it had been building or should we say digging 40 years!

It was begun in The Borough secured the canal though it lost the great Naval Academy. The day after the canal was opened January 1, , a great dry dock, the first in America and the largest in the world, brought hope for renewed prosperity and progress.

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