Martha's Vineyard Raid

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Martha's Vineyard Raid

MARTHA'S VINEYARD RAID. 10-11 September 1778. After his Bedford-Fair Haven Raid in Massachusetts, on 6 September, Major General Charles Grey descended on the island of Martha's Vineyard to continue the British policy of harassing the New England coast. He landed at Holmes's Hole (Vineyard Haven), confiscated the militia's weapons, and wrecked its salt works. By destroying the vessels he found, Grey seriously hurt the island's whaling industry. His expedition also confiscated thousands of sheep and several hundred cattle to feed the garrison of New York.

SEE ALSO Bedford-Fair Haven Raid, Massachusetts.

                    revised by Robert K. Wright Jr.

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