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Eyes of a Soldier

The mythology surrounding Lexington and Concord often obscure the history… of the events of April 19, 1775.  General Thomas Gage tried to put the day’s events into perspective for his anxious superiors across the Atlantic.  Gage knew too well that this was not going to be a suppression of “farmers with pitchforks.”

every hill, fence, and house

“…a continual skirmish for the space of 15 miles, receiving fire from every hill, fence, house, barn, etc.. the whole country was assembled in arms with surprising expedition, and several thousand are now assembled about this town threatening to attack…and we are very busy making preparations to oppose them.”   Gage to Earl of Dartmouth, April 1775

 

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Propaganda American Style

The Boston Massacre is one those events… known by many, understood by few.  It stands part of the American mythology, our Revolutionary martyrs gunned down by the wicked standing army of our British oppressors.  One great patriot, Paul Revere, helped perpetuate the myths surrounding the event by producing  the most recognizable image of March 5, 1770,

Revere’s propaganda

Another great patriot, John Adams… had a strikingly different view of the same event.  Adams, who defended the soldiers at their murder trial, had this to say;

“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence….a motley rabble of saucy boys, negroes, and molattoes, Irish teagues and outlandish jack tarrs ,  they had the legal right to fight back, and so were innocent.  If they were provoked but not endangered, he argued, they were at most guilty of manslaughter.”

Adams believed in law and order… despite inflamed passions of the day.  He realized that there was a proper path to justice, rioting in the street was not the American way.

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Propaganda American Style

The Boston Massacre is one those events… known by many, understood by few.  It stands part of the American mythology, our Revolutionary martyrs gunned down by the wicked standing army of our British oppressors.  One great patriot, Paul Revere, helped perpetuate the myths surrounding the event by producing  the most recognizable image of March 5, 1770,

Revere's propaganda

Another great patriot, John Adams… had a strikingly different view of the same event.  Adams, who defended the soldiers at their murder trial, had this to say;

“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence….a motley rabble of saucy boys, negroes, and molattoes, Irish teagues and outlandish jack tarrs ,  they had the legal right to fight back, and so were innocent.  If they were provoked but not endangered, he argued, they were at most guilty of manslaughter.”

Adams believed in law and order… despite inflamed passions of the day.  He realized that there was a proper path to justice, rioting in the street was not the American way.

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