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The Continental Army, Chapter I

The Army of Observation: New England in Arms On 19 April 1775 local Massachusetts militiamen and regular British troops began the War of American Independence at Lexington and Concord. The New England colonists reacted to this news by raising four separate armies. Each jurisdiction formed its force according to its particular experience in earlier wars…

Affaires in Boston

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol I. Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. January 25. –We hear that the enemy, in Boston, the evening on which our troops burnt the houses at Charlestown, were entertaining themselves at the exhibition of a play, which they called the Blockade of Boston; in the midst…

British Account of the Battle of Breed’s Hill

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol I. Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. June 26. –The Massachusetts occasional newspaper of today, gives the following account of the action at Boston on the seventeenth: –“This town was alarmed at break of day, by a firing from the Lively ship-of-war; and a report was…