What was the Gunpowder Incident (1775)?

Introduction The Gunpowder Incident (or Gunpowder Affair) was a conflict early in the American Revolutionary War between Lord Dunmore, the Royal Governor of the Colony of Virginia, and militia led by Patrick Henry. On 20 April 1775, one day after the Battles of Lexington and Concord (and well before news of those events reached Virginia),… Read More


What was the Powder Alarm (1774)?

Introduction The Powder Alarm was a major popular reaction to the removal of gunpowder from a magazine by British soldiers under orders from General Thomas Gage, royal governor of the Province of Massachusetts Bay, on 01 September 1774. In response to this action, amid rumours that blood had been shed, alarm spread through the countryside… Read More