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Was Josiah Waters Obtain the News of the British March?

Some accounts of the Battle of Lexington and Concord in April 1775 credit Josiah Waters of Boston with helping to provide intelligence about the British army’s plans to Dr. Joseph Warren. How did Waters enter the historical picture?Waters’s...
From: Boston 1775 on 13 Apr 2020

“Mr. Adjutant Daws & the Sergeants”

In Paul Revere’s Ride, David Hackett Fischer made an impressive case that Paul Revere had a social network among the Boston Whigs second only to Dr. Joseph Warren.As I’ve delved into the sources myself, I came to see the data that went into...
From: Boston 1775 on 16 Apr 2019

Special Events for Patriots’ Day 2019

Many events happen annually on Patriots’ Day (weather permitting), but here are a couple of events scheduled for tomorrow that will occur this year only.From 10:00 A.M. until noon, the Roxbury Historical Society will celebrate the reopening of the...
From: Boston 1775 on 14 Apr 2019

“William Dawes’s Secret” in Roxbury, 7 April

On Sunday, 7 April, I’ll speak to the Jamaica Plain Historical Society and the Roxbury Historical Society about “William Dawes’s Secret.” Here’s our event description:William Dawes, Jr., is known today only as the other rider...
From: Boston 1775 on 3 Apr 2019

“Fashioning the New England Family” in Boston

The “Fashioning the New England Family” exhibit will be on display at the Massachusetts Historical Society through 6 April. It’s well worth a visit, especially because it’s free.The webpage on the exhibit explains:Fashioning the...
From: Boston 1775 on 2 Jan 2019

Marking Where Dr. Joseph Warren Lived

Last weekend the Boston Globe ran a story about a proposal to mark the site of Dr. Joseph Warren’s house in Boston, depicted here. And where is that spot? As Charles Bahne determined for Warren biographer Samuel Forman a few years back, Warren’s...
From: Boston 1775 on 9 Sep 2017

Legends and Lies to Be Broadcast 5 June

Fox television is promoting a couple of upcoming shows based on the American Revolution. Sort of. The Fox News Channel has a series called Legends & Lies, and its second season carries the subtitle The Patriots. The accompanying book by David Fisher...
From: Boston 1775 on 4 Jun 2016

William Dawes After His Ride

Most histories of the start of the Revolutionary War don’t say much about William Dawes after he escaped the British army officers who caught Paul Revere. (I discussed Dawes’s amusing anecdote about that episode here.)According to David H....
From: Boston 1775 on 13 Apr 2016

“When This You See”

Mystic Seaport’s website shares views of this powderhorn, along with this description:This powder horn dates from the American Revolution and, due to its large size, was probably used on board a ship for priming the cannons with fine powder. It...
From: Boston 1775 on 12 Apr 2016

Talk on Dawes, Warren, and Heath at Forest Hills, 17 Apr.

On Sunday, 17 April, at 2:00 P.M., Forest Hills Cemetery will host a talk by Dee Morris on “The Other New England Patriots.”Morris’s subject will be three men who were significant in the start of the Revolutionary War—particularly...
From: Boston 1775 on 5 Apr 2016

William Dawes Tells a Good Story

On 17 June 1875, Harriet Newcomb Holland wrote down the stories she’d heard about her grandfather, William Dawes (shown here in a portrait by John Johnson).Holland had heard those tales from her mother, Dawes having died ten years before she was born....
From: Boston 1775 on 17 Apr 2014

Dissecting the Timeline of Paul Revere’s Ride

I’m a scientist by training. I received my master’s degree from MIT, which is incidentally where I fell in love with Boston’s revolutionary history. So, when I first began researching my forthcoming book on Revolutionary Boston, I approached the...

Dr. Joseph Warren’s Informant

With April 19 nearing, marking the anniversary of the start of the American Revolution (the official regional holiday of Patriot’s Day in New England), it seems only fitting to delve into the popular tale of the secret informant of Dr. Joseph Warren. Portrait...

Paul Revere’s Other Riders

The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere. Source: National Archives. Myth: “Alerted by signal lanterns, express riders Paul Revere and William Dawes eluded British patrols and spurred their horses toward Lexington along separate routes to warn Hancock and Adams.”...

Boston’s 1767 Non-Importation Pledge List Comes to Light

This week John Overholt at Harvard’s Houghton Library announced that Karen Nipps and her cataloguing team had discovered six copies of an October 1767 broadside with the signatures of over 650 Bostonians pledging not to import a long list of goods from...
From: Boston 1775 on 14 Jul 2013

Paul Revere and the Sociologists

Multiple people have sent me links to Prof. Kieran Healy’s satire “Using Metadata to Find Paul Revere,” which is also available at Slate. With all the talk about the U.S. government collecting metadata on our electronic communication, this...
From: Boston 1775 on 12 Jun 2013

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