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Fortifying Newburyport Harbor

Last month Alexander Cain laid out some new research about how Newburyport and nearby towns worked quickly at the start of the Revolutionary War to fortify that small harbor against the Royal Navy:It appears two possible events triggered the move to fortify...
From: Boston 1775 on 7 Sep 2019

The Move onto Ploughed Hill and “Poor Billy Simpson”

On the evening of 26 Aug 1775, two thousand Continental soldiers moved onto Ploughed Hill in Cambridge, assigned to dig entrenchments. Along with them went some Pennsylvania riflemen as a picket guard.Capt. James Chambers (1743-1805) of Pennsylvania wrote...
From: Boston 1775 on 27 Aug 2019

“Monsr Dubuq,” the First French Officer to Serve the American Cause?

To historians of the American Revolution, the date of 1775 for French participation in the Patriot cause may seem incredible. The enigmatic “Monsr Dubuq,”... The post “Monsr Dubuq,” the First French Officer to Serve the American...

Refighting Bunker Hill with the Angry Staff Officer

This is the anniversary of the Battle of Bunker Hill. For an overview of the action this year, I’m pointing to the Angry Staff Officer’s article “Warfighter: Bunker Hill.”It sets aside the mysteries, ambiguities, and evidence that...
From: Boston 1775 on 17 Jun 2019

Joseph Bouchette, copiste

Alban Berson Il arrive fréquemment qu’un particulier attire l’attention d’une bibliothèque patrimoniale sur un document ancien qu’il détient. Cette personne s’est procurée d’une façon...
From: Borealia on 25 Feb 2019

“The fire was fast approaching the building”

Returning to The Saga of the Brazen Head, I’ll share some Bostonians’ experiences of the Great Fire of 20 Mar 1760, which began after dark in that brazier’s shop.At that time David Mason was a decorative painter four days short of his...
From: Boston 1775 on 7 Feb 2019

Tour of the Revolutionary Mohawk Valley, 21 Sept.

In conjunction with Fort Ticonderoga’s American Revolution Seminar on 21-23 Sept 2018, America’s History LLC is offering a one-day bus tour named “Forts and Fights: The Revolutionary War in the Mohawk Valley.” This tour is scheduled...
From: Boston 1775 on 8 Sep 2018

“Dorchester Hill would be a very important Post”

On 25 Aug 1775, Gen. Artemas Ward wrote from his “Camp at Roxbury” to the man who had replaced him at the head of the army besieging Boston, Gen. George Washington:Sir.The Relations of Several Persons last out of Boston all tending to confirm...
From: Boston 1775 on 25 Aug 2018

Celebrating the King’s Birthday in 1768

June is so full of Sestercentennial developments that I’ve fallen behind the anniversaries already. So let’s get right to what happened in Boston 250 years ago today, on 4 June 1768.That date was King George III’s thirtieth birthday....
From: Boston 1775 on 4 Jun 2018

Men Who Brought Us Dorchester Heights

On 5 Mar 1776, Gen. William Howe and his colleagues in the British military woke up to find Continental troops positioned and protected on the heights of the Dorchester peninsula. The cannon up there threatened not only Boston, already under artillery...
From: Boston 1775 on 5 Mar 2018

“Dangerous to delay taking Post on Dorchester Hills”

On 3 Mar 1776, Gen. George Washington followed up his short note to Gen. Artemas Ward (quoted yesterday) with a full set of orders for moving onto the Dorchester peninsula on the evening of the 4th.My Letter of last Night would inform you that the Genl...
From: Boston 1775 on 3 Mar 2018

Reconnoitering the Dorchester Peninsula with the Generals

As I discussed yesterday, in early February 1776 Gen. George Washington and his engineers were discussing whether it was feasible to move onto the Dorchester peninsula and mount cannon there to threaten British shipping. On 12 February, the commander-in-chief...
From: Boston 1775 on 12 Feb 2018

Rufus Putnam Lays Out “so Costly a work”

On 11 Feb 1776, Lt. Col. Rufus Putnam of the Continental Army wrote to his commander-in-chief about what would be necessary to fortify the heights of the Dorchester peninsula.With the ground frozen, soldiers would need extra time to dig in. That in turn...
From: Boston 1775 on 11 Feb 2018

“I will come and help you a second time.”

Yesterday I shared a story that the Continental Army veteran Jacob Francis told about Gen. Israel Putnam helping to build a fortification on Lechmere’s Point during the siege of Boston.It’s a terrific story—compact, offering insight...
From: Boston 1775 on 11 Jan 2018

Putnam and the Pretty Large Stone

In 1832, Jacob Francis told a story that’s been retold in many places since John C. Dann published Francis’s pension application in The Revolution Remembered.The story isn’t about Francis. It’s about Israel Putnam during the siege...
From: Boston 1775 on 10 Jan 2018

“Last Argument” Symposium at Fort Ti, 5-6 Aug.

Fort Ticonderoga will host a symposium on 5-6 August titled “New Perspectives on the Last Argument of Kings: A Ticonderoga Seminar on 18th-Century Artillery.” This event complements the exhibit “The Last Argument of Kings: The Art and...
From: Boston 1775 on 22 Jul 2017

Secrets of Gen. Clinton’s Map of Bunker Hill

Here’s an intriguing document from the maps collection at the Library of Congress.It’s Gen. Henry Clinton’s hand-drawn map of the Battle of Bunker Hill.One eye-catching detail is that Clinton sketched a small fortification on top of...
From: Boston 1775 on 16 Jun 2017

Moses Parker and His Comrades in the Redoubt

As I said yesterday, Col. Ebenezer Bridge’s regiment was one of the New England units ordered onto the Charlestown peninsula on the night of 16 June 1775. Maj. John Brooks and three companies stayed behind at first for other duties, but Bridge,...
From: Boston 1775 on 12 Jun 2017

American Revolution Mohawk Valley Conference, 8-11 June

On the weekend of 10-11 June, the Fort Plain Museum in upstate New York will host its third annual American Revolution Mohawk Valley Conference at the Fulton-Montgomery Community College. I attended last year’s event and was impressed by the scores...
From: Boston 1775 on 23 Apr 2017

“The Road to Concord” Starts in Charlestown, 11 Apr.

The Road to Concord tracks four brass cannon stolen out of two Boston armories in mid-September 1774 because those appear to have been Gen. Thomas Gage’s top targets in early 1775.But the first Massachusetts Patriots to surreptitiously remove cannon...
From: Boston 1775 on 8 Apr 2017

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