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The College of William and Mary During the War

Classes at the College of William and Mary were suspended when the British army invaded Virginia in January 1781. Classes resumed in the Fall of 1782.

Several students who attended the Indian School fought in the Revolutionary War.

Soldiers in Revolutionary War with Ties to the College of William and Mary

  • President James Madison, Williamsburg, Virginia, Captain
  • Granville Smith, Hanover County, Virginia, First Lieutenant
  • William Nelson, Jr., York County, Virginia, Second Lieutenant
  • Daniel Fitzhugh, King George County, Virginia, Ensign
  • John Heath, Northumberland County, Virginia
  • Thomas Smith, Gloucester County, Virginia
  • Richard Booker, Amelia County, Virginia
  • Armistead Smith, Gloucester County, Virginia
  • John Jones, Dinwiddie County, Virginia
  • John Stuart, King George County, Virginia
  • Theodorick Fitzhugh, King George, Virginia
  • Isaac Hite, Frederick County, Virginia
  • William Short (1759-1849), Surry County, Virginia
  • John Morrison, Prince George, Virginia
  • George Braxton, King and Queen County, Virginia
  • Henry Hill, King and Queen County, Virginia
  • John White, King William County, Virginia
  • Thomas Hall, Louisa County, Virginia
  • John Page, Gloucester County, Virginia
  • Booth Armistead, Elizabeth City County, Virginia
  • John Briggs, Sussex County, Virginia
  • Mann Page, Gloucester County, Virginia
  • James Ramsey, Norfolk County, Virginia
  • Johnson Tabb, Elizabeth City County, Virginia
  • Carter Braxton, Jr. King and Queen County, Virginia
  • Corbin Braxton, King and Queen County, Virginia
  • Mordecai Gregory Cooke, Gloucester County, Virginia
  • Henry Nicholson, York County, Virginia
  • Several students who attended the Indian School fought in the Revolutionary War.

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