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Captain Thomas Posey and the 7th Virginia Regiment. Michael Cecere.
The 7th Virginia Regiment was one of six additional battalions raised in the colony in early 1776. It played a prominent role in driving Lord Dunmore and his loyalist forces off of Gwynn's Island and out of Virginia. Captain Thomas Posey commanded a rifle company in the 7th regiment and chronicled the engagement in his journal. It is also through Posey's experience-detached with his rifle company to Daniel Morgan's rifle corps-that we see the 7th Virginia's contribution at Saratoga, Whitemarsh, Valley Forge, and the New York frontier. In 1779, Major Posey participated in the successful night assault of Stony Point. The rest of the 7th Virginia saw action of its own at Brandywine, Germantown, Whitemarsh, Monmouth, and Charleston, where it surrendered with the bulk of the Virginia continental line. Posey was not with the 7th Virginia at Charleston so he continued to serve until the end of the war in Virginia, Georgia, and South Carolina. In 1782, he led the vanguard of General Nathaniel Greene's army into Charleston. In 1783, after seven distinguished years of service, Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Posey resigned his commission and returned to private life. (2005), 2007, 5.5 x 8.5, paper, index, 170 pp.