By Jeannette Holland Austin
When young, William Dove moved with his parents from Maryland to Fairfax County, Virginia. During August of 1777 when the British landed at Elk River and marched towards Philadelphia, he enlisted as a Marine onboard the General Washington at Alexandria. This vessel was destined to carry dispatches to France. Two years later he enlisted again as a seaman and sailed for Amsterdam in Holland. When that mission was complete, he was appointed corporal under Capt. Thomas Pollard and marched to Malvern Hills below Richmond. After the war, he removed to Pittsylvania County where he lived until he died.
Nolands Ferry at Leesburg. Many soldiers served three month terms, then returned home to plant or harvest their crops. Such was the case of John Smith of Pittsylvania County who was drafted into the Virginia Miltia in 1781 and after participating in the battle of Guilford Court House was discharged. He was drafted again in the fall of 1781 and marched with the army of Captain William Dixon to Yorktown where he remained until after the surrender of Lord Cornwallis. After that, he was sent to guard prisoners at Nolands Ferry.
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