Keyes was the commander of the Union garrison at Yorktown and Williamsburg when the Confederates raided and occupied Williamsburg in April 1863. But he was sitting in for Maj. Gen. John A. Dix at the Department of Virginia headquarters at Fort Monroe when the Confederates struck. He ordered the Union battery at Fort Magruder to stop shelling Williamsburg soon after the attack began. But the message was delayed when the telegraph line to Williamsburg was cut.
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