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Old 01-16-2013, 16:43   #1
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I am the history program coordinator for the Appleseed Project www.appleseedinfo.org in my state. I thought many people might find the historical perspective of how and why the second amendment came about and the significance of marksmanship as part of our heritage interesting.

Let me know what you think....

In September of 1774, a company of British troops crossed the back bay by boat from Boston to Cambridge in the middle of night. By early morning they had arrived at the Massachusetts Provisional Powder house. The powder house was a stone silo type structure used as a powder magazine to house the black powder used by the surrounding communities. They were let in by the local sheriff and subsequently confiscated 250 half barrels of powder belonging to the Massachusetts colony.

The redcoats marched back through Cambridge drawing the attention of the locals who spread the word "the powder raids have begun." The locals were so outraged at this raid that nearly four thousand assembled. They took the sheriff hostage and made him write notice that he would never help the red coats again. They rampaged through the Tory/loyalist section of town and ran the most prominent of them out of town, never to return.

It was only the intervention of local patriot leaders who kept the mob from marching to Boston and confronting the army stationed there.

This raid did two things. It confirmed the fear of the colonists that the Regulars (what they called the army) could and would raid and confiscate arms. The second thing it did was motivate colonial leaders such as Paul Revere and Dr. Joseph Warren to set up a network of citizens to keep an eye on the troops in Boston for any indication of them mobilizing for future raids.

The early warning system and subsequent alert notification system developed by Revere and Warren would be tested in the coming months.

End of Part One.
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Old 01-16-2013, 16:51   #2
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So what is our modern day warning system? Facebook and Twitter?
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So what is our modern day warning system? Facebook and Twitter?
That's no good. Remember that in the last year Congress gave the President the Kill-Switch for the internet. They will kill the internet before a big move is made.
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That's no good. Remember that in the last year Congress gave the President the Kill-Switch for the internet. They will kill the internet before a big move is made.

That would only signal the red light to us ! When things change , you change ! Prepare , NOW !
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That's no good. Remember that in the last year Congress gave the President the Kill-Switch for the internet. They will kill the internet before a big move is made.
Take away low information voter's Internet porn and Obammy will have more to worry about than nutty right wingers.
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Old 01-18-2013, 10:10   #7
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Part 6- It Begins

By evening, troops were being moved to the south end of Boston near the back bay. It was still unknown which direction the army would move. Would they take the short route by boat across the Charles river or would the march out by the long road?

In those days, Boston was only connected to land by a narrow strip of land called Boston Neck. The road in and out was controlled by a gate. If the army marched south they would have to swing south around the back bay then back up to Cambridge to get to the road west to Concord. If they took the shorter route across the river they would essentially land in a swamp and make their way west to pick up the road from Charlestown to Cambridge. The water route was shorter but would take more logistics to move 700 men across.

Learning of the troop movements Dr. Warren called upon his one intelligence source high up in Gen. Gage's command. He was able to get details of the plans of the column.

Immediately Warren called on Revere and another man named William Dawes. Their plan was put into place. Revere would cross by boat to Charlestown and proceed west to put out the alarm. Dawes would try to get out the south end of Boston and spread the word as well with the idea the one of the two of them might get through. The penalty if caught was likely the hangman's noose.

With the troops massing at the south end, it was still unknown which way they would go. Another part of Revere's and Warren's communication plan was implemented. As soon as troops started moving observers would spread the word to a pair of men in the north end. Those men, vicars in the North Church would then post lanterns in the steeple. One light if the troops went out Boston neck and two lanterns if they went across the bay in boats.

Paul Revere made his way to the water's edge on the north side of Boston. He was met by two men who began rowing him across the bay. The moon was full and laying in it's mooring out in the bay directly in their path was the British ship of the line, HMS Somerset.

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Old 01-16-2013, 18:55   #9
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As a result of the Boston Tea Party, the Parliament had passed a series of laws in 1773 to bring the colonies under control. These laws were called "The Coercive Acts" and did exactly what they meant, to coerce the colonies into submission.The colonists didn't hear about the Coercive Act until 1774 and by then started referring to them as the "Intolerable Acts".

The Coercive Acts banned free speech. Troops raided newspapers and smashed or confiscated printing presses.They did away with local control of towns, cities, counties and colonies. It removed local judges. A person could now be held without warrant and sent back to England to be judged for any crime the crown could think up.

Under the Coercive Acts, militias were banned as was military type training. Importation of black powder and muskets was stopped.

In December of 1774, General Thomas Gage, commander of all British forces in north America and military governor of Massachusetts ordered another raid. This time the plan was to send a ship load of troops up to New Hampshire to secure the powder and weapons stored at an outpost called Fort William and Mary. The fort was manned by an officer and a small number of regulars.

Paul Revere's intelligence network, called "The Mechanics" because the were all tradesmen, notified him and he made the long ride to the fort in a snowstorm. He contacted the local militia, which was now outlawed and they gathered 250 men and stormed the fort. Shots were fired, people were wounded but no one was killed. The fort was taken and the militia relieved the fort of powder, muskets and small artillery pieces. The militia melted back into the country side.

The governor of New Hampshire was outraged. He sent a message to Gen. Gage telling him of the armed insurrection. The ship load of soldiers had been delayed because of a snow squall and didn't make it for another day. To add insult to injury the ship was run aground by the harbor pilot.

The score was now the Regulars 1, Colonists 1. The next raid wouldn't be tried for another couple months.
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Old 01-17-2013, 07:48   #10
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If anyone is interested in this I will keep going. If not I will stop.
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So what is our modern day warning system? Facebook and Twitter?

Gawd I hope not, I have never used either ...
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This is very interesting, particularly since I grew up in NH. There's a lot of history and monuments to history in the NE that most people will never get to appreciate in their lifetime.

ETA: I just realized, after trying to find where this was located, that I have in fact visited this site. It was over 10 years ago, so I did not recall the name of the fort.

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This is very interesting, particularly since I grew up in NH. There's a lot of history and monuments to history in the NE that most people will never get to appreciate in their lifetime.

ETA: I just realized, after trying to find where this was located, that I have in fact visited this site. It was over 10 years ago, so I did not recall the name of the fort.

I should have mentioned that Fort William and Mary is in Portsmouth, NH
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I should have mentioned that Fort William and Mary is in Portsmouth, NH
Fixed it for ya!

Sorry, I couldn't help myself!

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This is very interesting, particularly since I grew up in NH. There's a lot of history and monuments to history in the NE that most people will never get to appreciate in their lifetime.

ETA: I just realized, after trying to find where this was located, that I have in fact visited this site. It was over 10 years ago, so I did not recall the name of the fort.


I've been there too. Also, when I go deep sea fishing with my stepfather, we take his boat right past there, since he's docked upriver in Newington.


mac66, Keep up the good work! I'm really enjoying reading all of this!
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