Expecting the Patriots and local militia to engage in open combat, the British were surprised to come under fire from expert riflemen, who began sniping and striking down British troops at a distance. Hearing of the British attack, Virginia's local militia leader marched an additional 100 members of the militia to defend Norfolk.
With reinforcements in place, the Patriots and militia pushed the British back to their ships, where the riflemen again began picking off British troops from the decks of their vessels. Facing a humiliating defeat at the hands of an outnumbered local militia, Captain Squire ordered a full British retreat. In the unorganized and hurried withdrawal that followed, two British ships ran aground and were captured. The Patriots, meanwhile, did not suffer a single fatality.
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