The Revolution arrived suddenly in Virginia. Consider this statue depicting Irish-born General Andrew Lewis firing on Royal Governor Lord Dunmore’s troops in 1776. Less than two years earlier, he led Lord Dunmore’s forces, defeating Shawnee leader Cornstalk at the Battle of Point Pleasant. Lewis both fought Indians and negotiated with them, even admiring Cornstalk. A frontier hero, Lewis served under George Washington twice, but resigned his commission during the Revolution. He’s a fascinating and overlooked figure.
Image: City of Salem Department of Tourism