Captain WIlliam Finney

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Captain WIlliam Finney - About the Ist of April, 1816. Capt. Gamble waa...
About the Ist of April, 1816. Capt. Gamble waa elected a field officer or the 19th regiment The command of the "Blues' was again tendered to Captain Murphy, who waa finally inducod to ac cept it, after much persuasion by the officers and members. His second commission la dated the 29tk of April, 1816. On the 2d of April, 1817, Captaij Murphy resigned resigned hi* commission, and Lieutenant William Finney was elected to the command of the "Blues," his commission being dated from the 12th Apnl, 1817. Captain Finney continued in command command for five years, the company numbering from 60 to 80 members all the time. Ou the 20th of October. 1820, the "Blues," seventy-six seventy-six strong, chartered the steamboat "Richmond," "Richmond," Captain Coffin, and visited Norfolk and Portsmouth, by invitation* of Captain* Capronaod G nit, the commanders of two volunteer companies of that town, to witness the launch of Ihe Delaware. Delaware. They were most hospitably entertained, and did not reach home until the morning of the 23d. Oothe22dof February, 1821, the "Bluea" celebrated celebrated Washington's birth day by a ball at the Union Hotel, which is said to have been one of the moat magnificent affaira of the kind tver witnessed in tb:* city. There were 250 ladle* preaent on the occaaion. On the 4th of July, 1821, the Independent and Junior volunteer companies of Norfolk, Captain* Capron and Gait, assisted the "Bluea" in celebrating celebrating that day, and dined with them at Buchanan Spring, the Blues having 100 muskets in the line. On the 23iof August, Captain Finney resigned his commission, he being about tAremove from the city, and Captain William Murphy was again induced induced to accept the command oi bis old corps,— His commission is dated tho '23d of September, 1820. About the close of tho year 1823, the events that transpired in Greece caused great sensation throughout the United States, and iuvoked for the suffering Uretks the liveliest sympathy, la Virginia, Virginia, the "Blue*'' first took up the subject, and after subscribing liberally themselves, recommended recommended their brethren to aid in what they believed a holy cause. A meeting of the company was called at the Bell Tavern, on the 15ih January, 1824, when resolutions appropriate to tho occasion, were adopted. , June, 1823, the Bluea org&niacd their ft rat Band. On the sth of July, 1824, the "Blues" dined at .u Ch *?J'w Bpr ,^«' J ««•»!■ Scott, Izzard, and other distinguished men being their guests On the Ist of September, they received a letter from the Invitation Committee of Norfolk, to unite wlih ttu-m In celebrating the 19 t h of October at Yorktown, and in receiving General Lafayette, the Natton s Gneet The invitation was acceded, and on the 15th oi October, ihey embarked on board the ateamer "Kichmond," C«pta| o Cooper and proceeded to Yorktown. On the 18th. General La Kayette arrived. On the 19th, the grand review and parade lock place. The "Blues" reached home on tbe29d, and on the 26;h, In company with their brother volunteers received General La Fayette * nd him to his quarters at the Eagle Hotel. The next day the General visited

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  1. Richmond Dispatch,
  2. 10 May 1855, Thu,
  3. Page 2

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