SEE THAT 1775 IN THE TITLE OF THIS BLOG?
IT WAS AT THE BOTTOM OF AN EMAIL I RECEIVED FROM A BAT-POO INSANE NRA MEMBER, BUT HE DIDN'T READ, YOU SEE. (SEE COPY BELOW)
HE JUST JUMPED TO THE CONCLUSION (BECAUSE HE WANTED TO) THAT THIS WAS CURRENT NEWS!
YES, THIS ACTUALLY DID HAPPEN, BUT IN 1775, NOT RECENTLY.
I WOULDN'T HAVE PUT THIS HERE, BECAUSE IT SEEMS STUPID TO BOTHER WITH DOING SO, BUT THERE SEEMS TO BE WORLDWIDE CONCERN AND QUESTIONS (FROM OTHERS WHO JUST DO NOT READ WELL).
MOSTLY, I WANT MY 'BUDDIES' TO SEE THIS...SINCE NONE APPARENTLY READ THE WHOLE THING, DON'T KNOW WHO THE CURRENT 'GOVERNATOR' OF MASSACHUSETTS IS, ETC, AD NAUSEUM.
YES, AMERICAN BLOOD WAS SHED ON AMERICAN SOIL.
BUT IT STARTED IN 1770, NOT 1775.
THE FATAL 5TH OF MARCH, 1770, SHOULD NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. MANY ONLINE ACCOUNTS DATE THIS 1775, BUT THEY ARE SERIOUSLY MISTAKEN. THE 1775 EVENT OCCURRED IN APRIL, NOT MARCH.
ABOUT 60 ANGRY TOWNSFOLK WENT TO THE CUSTOMS HOUSE TO CONFRONT THE BRITISH GUARDS THERE. THE GUARDS CALLED FOR REINFORCEMENTS, THE CROWD GOT ANGRIER, THE GUARDS BECAME FEARFUL AND, WITHOUT COMMAND FROM THEIR CAPTAIN PRESTON, FIRED ON THE CROWD, KILLING 5 MEN, INCLUDING A FORMER SLAVE NAMED CRISPUS ATTICUS, LISTED AS THE FIRST BLACK MAN KILLED IN THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR.
AN ANONYMOUS ACCOUNT OF WHAT TRANSPIRED APPEARED IN LOCAL PRINT AND INCLUDED THE NAMES OF THE DEAD AND WOUNDED:
- Mr. Samuel Gray, killed on the spot by a ball entering his head.
- Crispus Attucks, a mulatto, killed on the spot, two balls entering his breast.
- Mr. James Caldwell, killed on the spot, by two balls entering his back.
- Mr. Samuel Maverick, a youth of seventeen years of age, mortally wounded; he died the next morning.
- Mr. Patrick Carr mortally wounded; he died the 14th instant.
- Christopher Monk and John Clark, youths about seventeen years of age, dangerously wounded. It is apprehended they will die.
- Mr. Edward Payne, merchant, standing at his door; wounded.
- Messrs. John Green, Robert Patterson, and David Parker; all danger- ously wounded.
BUT THE BRITS WERE BARELY PUNISHED, A FEW WERE MERELY BRANDED ON THE THUMB, THE REST WERE LET GO.
<<The horrors of THAT DREADFUL NIGHT are but too deeply impressed on our hearts. Language is too feeble to paint the emotions of our souls, when our streets were stained with the BLOOD OF OUR BRETHERN; when our ears were wounded by the groans of the dying, and our eyes were tormented with the sight of the mangled bodies of the dead. When our alarmed imagination presented to our view our houses wrapt in flames, our children subjected to the barbarous caprice of the raging soldiery; our beauteous virgins exposed to all the insolence of unbridled passion; our virtuous wives, endeared to us by every tender tie, falling a sacrifice to worse than brutal violence, and perhaps, like the famed Lucretia, distracted with anguish and despair, ending their wretched lives by their own fair hands...
– Dr. Joseph Warren, "Oration commemorating the anniversary of the Boston Massacre," (March 5, 1772)>>WHAT FOLLOWED WERE YEARS OF WHAT SOME CALLED "INTOLERABLE ACTS" BY THE BRITS, AND ALL THAT CULMINATED ON APRIL 18-19, 1775, WHEN BRITAIN SENT ABOUT 2000 SOLDIERS FROM BOSTON INTO CONCORD TO SUBDUE THE ARMED REVOLUTIONISTS AND CONFISCATE A STASH OF ARMS. THIS WAS WHEN PAUL REVERE MADE HIS RIDE AND WHEN THE NEWLY FORMED MINUTEMEN, THE MILITIA, ARMED CITIZENS ALL, CAME TO THE DEFENSE OF AMERICA. ARMED CITIZENS WERE THE ARMY, AS THE FOUNDERS INTENDED AND STATED LATER ON.
THE BRITISH TROOPS STOPPED SHY OF CONCORD IN LEXINGTON, NORTH OF BOSTON AND ABOUT 10 MILES OUTSIDE CONCORD.
TOWNSFOLK AND 130 MINUTEMEN WERE THERE TO MEET THEM.
THE BRITS DEMANDED THE AMERICANS DISARM AND DISPERSE.
THE ANSWER TO THAT WAS 8 'REDCOATS' KILLED AND 10 WOUNDED.
THE WAR FOR INDEPENDENCE WAS OFFICIALLY ON!
THE BRITS MARCHED ON TO CONCORD, ANOTHER SKIRMISH ENSUED, THE BRITS BEGAN THE PULLBACK TO BOSTON, AND ALONG THAT ENTIRE ROUTE THEY LOST 72 SOLDIERS, AND THE COLONISTS, COLONISTS NO LONGER BY THEN, BUT REBELS WITH A CAUSE OF FREEDOM, LOST 49 MEMBERS.
THE NEXT MONTH, A MERE 83 COLONISTS CROSSED LAKE CHAMPLAIN FROM VERMONT AND TOOK FORTS TICONDEROGA AND CROWN POINT.
THE SAME MONTH THE 2ND CONTINENTAL CONGRESS MET AND FORMED THE ARMY THAT WOULD WIN A NATION, FINALLY APPOINTING GENERAL GEORGE WASHINGTON AS ITS HEAD ON JULY 3, 1775.
IN JUNE THE BRITS WON THE BATTLE OF BUNKER HILL NEAR BOSTON, AND IN AUGUST KING GEORGE COMMANDED THAT THE REBELLION OF THE COLONIES BE CRUSHED.
WHAT MOST FORGET IS HOW DIVIDED THE COLONIES WERE ON INDEPENDENCE. THERE WERE ALMOST AS MANY BATTLES BETWEEN LOYALISTS (TO THE CROWN) AND REVOLUTIONISTS IN THE FIRST 2 OR 3 YEARS OF THE WAR FOR INDEPENDENCE AS THERE WERE CONFLICTS BETWEEN BRITS AND REBELS.
BUT, YES, YES, YES, 72 OR 49, HOWEVER YOU LOOK AT IT, THERE WERE ABOUT THAT MANY KILLED IN/NEAR BOSTON... IN 1775, BUT BE ADVISED THAT WILL NEVER HAPPEN IN MODERN AMERICA, NO SIRREE!
WE COULDN'T FIND ENOUGH BRAVE MEN (OR WOMEN) TO START ANOTHER REVOLUTION IN AMERIKA, INC. NO WAY!
WHY, THAT KIND OF THING COULD CRASH THE STOCK MARKET, LOSE US MONEY! WHY, IT MIGHT EVEN BRING TERRORISTS DOWN ON OUR FRIGHTENED HEADS! AND WITH POSSE COMITATUS DEAD AS A DOORNAIL, THE TERRORISTS MIGHT BE WEARING RIOT GEAR AND PATCHES THAT SAID MAYBE U.S. NATIONAL GUARD OR MARINES OR....WELL, WHO KNOWS WHAT IS LINED UP TO SQUELCH AN UPRISING, SINCE WE ARE ALL "ENEMIES OF THE STATE", ESPECIALLY RETURNING VETERANS!
OH, UMMM, IN CASE YOU DIDN'T KNOW, IN CASE YOU DIDN'T GET THE SAME EMAIL AND GO LOOK IT UP TO SEE WHAT WAS REAL, ETC, THIS IS HOW OUR AMERICAN REVOLUTION BEGAN...THEY CAME FOR OUR GUNS, AND WE "LET 'EM HAVE IT".
MY, HOW TIMES HAVE CHANGED!
HERE IS THE EMAIL SO MANY HAVE FALLEN FOR AS BEING A CURRENT SITUATION:
National guard units seeking to confiscate a cache of recently banned assault weapons were ambushed on April 19th by elements of a Para-military extremist faction. Military and law enforcement sources estimate that 72 were killed and more than 200 injured before government forces were compelled to withdraw.
Speaking after the clash, Massachusetts Governor Thomas Gage declared that the extremist faction, which was made up of local citizens, has links to the radical right-wing tax protest movement. Gage blamed the extremists for recent incidents of vandalism directed against internal revenue offices. The governor, who described the group's organizers as "criminals," issued an executive order authorizing the summary arrest of any individual who has interfered with the government's efforts to secure law and order. The military raid on the extremist arsenal followed wide-spread refusal by the local citizenry to turn over recently outlawed assault weapons.
Gage issued a ban on military-style assault weapons and ammunition earlier in the week. This decision followed a meeting in early this month between government and military leaders at which the governor authorized the forcible confiscation of illegal arms.
One government official, speaking on condition of anonymity, pointed out that "none of these people would have been killed had the extremists obeyed the law and turned over their weapons voluntarily." Government troops initially succeeded in confiscating a large supply of outlawed weapons and ammunition. However, troops attempting to seize arms and ammunition in Lexington met with resistance from heavily-armed extremists who had been tipped off regarding the government's plans. During a tense standoff in Lexington 's town park, National Guard Colonel Francis Smith, commander of the government operation, ordered the armed group to surrender and return to their homes. The impasse was broken by a single shot, which was reportedly fired by one of the right-wing extremists. Eight civilians were killed in the ensuing exchange.
Ironically, the local citizenry blamed government forces rather than the extremists for the civilian deaths. Before order could be restored, armed citizens from surrounding areas had descended upon the guard units.
Colonel Smith, finding his forces over-matched by the armed mob, ordered a retreat.
Governor Gage has called upon citizens to support the state/national joint task force in its effort to restore law and order. The governor also demanded the surrender of those responsible for planning and leading the attack against the government troops. Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, and John Hancock, who have been identified as "ringleaders" of the extremist faction, remain at large.
. . . And this, people, is how the American Revolution began .
April 20, 1775>>
OR MAY 5, 1770... YUP.....READ...READ EACH WORD...AND BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU ACCEPT AS TRUTH...QUESTION EVERYTHING!