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Ethan Allen’s “Motley Parcel of Soldiery” at Montreal

When Ethan Allen described his defeat and capture outside Montreal at Longue Pointe on September 25, 1775, he observed that “it was a motley... The post Ethan Allen’s “Motley Parcel of Soldiery” at Montreal appeared first on Journal...

October 23

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “The newest and most fashionable Taste.” In the fall of 1770, John Brown, a hairdresser, informed “the Ladies in particular” and “the Gentlemen”...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 23 Oct 2020

Ethan Allen’s Mysterious Defeat at Montreal—Reconsidered

On September 25, 1775, three weeks into the American invasion of Canada, the legendary Ethan Allen fought a fierce battle outside Montreal with about... The post Ethan Allen’s Mysterious Defeat at Montreal—Reconsidered appeared first on Journal...

May 19

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “The COLLEGE about to be built in this Colony, shall be erected in the Town of Providence.” On behalf of the “Committee for providing Materials and overseeing...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 19 May 2020

Covenanter Grave Priesthill near Muirkirk #History #Scotland

John Brown, Priesthill, Muirkirk parish, Ayrshire. Shields: ‘Item, The said Claverhouse in May, 1685: apprehended John Broun in priest-hill, in the parish of Moorkirk, in the shire of Air, being at his work, about his own house, and shot him dead...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 12 Apr 2020

Covenanter Grave Doocot of Blackwood House #History #Scotland

John Brown, Blackwood, Lesmahagow parish, Lanarkshire. Died 1685. Shields: ‘Liev Murray, now Prisoner in Edin. with his party, Shot one John Broun, after quarters given at Blackwood in Clidsdale, Mar. 1685.’ (A Short Memorial, 37.) Stone erected...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 5 Apr 2020

Fort Plain Museum Conference, 11-14 June

The Fort Plain Museum has announced the speakers at its annual American Revolution Mohawk Valley Conference, scheduled for 11-14 June 2020. I’ve attended this event in the past and enjoyed not only the speakers but the dedication of the organizers...
From: Boston 1775 on 9 Feb 2020

January 13

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “The COLLEGE about to be built in this Colony.” Providence, Rhode Island, is now known as the home of Brown University, but that is not where the university has always...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 13 Jan 2020

“Pool Spear informs, that last Week he heard one Kilson a Soldier…”

I’ve been looking into Pool Spear, the Boston tailor accused of tarring and feathering sailor George Gailer in October 1769.A little more than four months after that event, the young apothecary Richard Palmes met Spear near the center of town on...
From: Boston 1775 on 13 Nov 2019

More Maneuvering about the Manufactory

Boston 1775 readers might remember the conflict over the Manufactory House that occurred in October 1768, soon after the British regiments arrived in Boston. The soldiers’ “siege” of the building was surprisingly short, given all the...
From: Boston 1775 on 29 Jan 2019

John Brown’s Gunpowder for Sale

Yesterday I quoted a story from Elkanah Watson describing a trip to Medford with gunpowder for the Continental Army during the siege of Boston.Watson’s memoir didn’t specify a date for that mission. We know from contemporaneous sources that...
From: Boston 1775 on 7 Dec 2018

Elkanah Watson’s Story Built on Sand

This week The Atlantic published Amy Zegart’s article “George Washington Was a Master of Deception.” Most of the examples are from the Revolutionary War when Washington was trying to fool the British commanders about his military capacities...
From: Boston 1775 on 6 Dec 2018

John Brown’s “inclination of serving a people”

In October, I tracked the conflict over the big Manufactory building beside Boston Common as the soldiers of the 14th Regiment tried to push out the people working and living inside. Most of those soldiers were pulled out by the end of that month, and...
From: Boston 1775 on 2 Dec 2018

“The siege of the Manufactory House still continues”

Yesterday we left the Manufactory building (shown above in its role as the Massachusetts Bank in the 1790s) under siege by British troops, who themselves were surrounded by townspeople. The crisis over where those soldiers would spend the winter had come...
From: Boston 1775 on 21 Oct 2018

“This day the Sheriff got into the Factory House”

On 20 Oct 1768, 250 years ago today, John Rowe wrote in his diary:This day the Sheriff got into the Factory House. That line left out a lot of drama, I have to say.According to the Boston Whigs, the day began with the royal governor pressing yet another...
From: Boston 1775 on 20 Oct 2018

“His honour the Lieut. Governor, condescended to come”

And speaking of Lt. Gov. Thomas Hutchinson, on 19 Oct 1768—250 years ago today—he entered the conflict over the Manufactory House in Boston. Even before the regiments arrived, some army officers had scouted that big, province-owned building...
From: Boston 1775 on 19 Oct 2018

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

Recreating the Aftermath of the Gaspee in Providence, 2 June

On Saturday, 2 June, the Rhode Island Historical Society and Newport Historical Society are teaming up for a History Space program exploring the aftermath of the Gaspee Affair of 1772.As you recall, H.M.S. Gaspee was a Royal Navy ship that patrolled Narragansett...
From: Boston 1775 on 31 May 2018

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