With the French fleet off Virginia, ferrying seventeen military units, an attack somewhere in the Chesapeake Bay was very likely. Although the most probable objective was Washington, the French Command decided otherwise. Their aim was to neutralise Norfolk, and to establish their own naval base. Towards this end, a landing would be made at Virginia Beach.
The US army was unable to oppose this landing with a sufficient force, so they decided to form a protective line on the likely French approach, comprising twelve military units. The French actually landed fifteen, keeping two onboard their fleet, which now sought to engage the American fleet in the Chesapeake.
The Americans chose their position with care, and even had time to construct some fortifications. MOVE ONE the French advanced. MOVE TWO three American guns opened fire. MOVE three the French guns returned fire, and had some real success when they knocked out an American gun. At this point, the American commander realised that three potential guns were too far to the rear-left, and were unable to assist because of the range! MOVE FOUR saw the American 'roving' cannon and cavalry on their far left advance forward. Here are some photos.