Fifer-Boy of the Boston Siege

Fifer-Boy of the Boston Siege

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1900 edition. Excerpt: ...from Long Wharf, and clusters of scarlet were seen upon the blue water, like big bunches of fiery lilies blooming there. The British were going to Charlestown! They soon were massed on Moulton's Point, Charlestown. Hunt up the northerly end of the ropewalk at the navy yard, and you have the locality. From the so-called north battery in Boston, now known as Battery Wharf, other big bunches of fiery lilies were brought across the blue water. General William Howe was in command of the entire force of about two thousand men, and it was stubborn work that had been planned, for each soldier brought three days' rations. Two thousand? Not enough, thought Howe, looking up at that hill, bristling with farmers' fowling pieces. Near the western boundaries of to-day's navy yard about a thousand more men in scarlet were landed. For these was planned a straight march upon the work of those saucy ants. All this while the June sun was flashing down its gridiron heat. " It is going to be hotter, Cy," remarked Tom. CHAPTER XVI. A WAVE or DEATH. "HERE they come!" cried Tom. "I'm ready!" replied Cy, gritting his white teeth and gripping his ancient musket. The British grenadiers were moving at the left and the right also. They advanced in regular lines and bore glistening guns. It was a red wave of death rolling up the hill. General Pigot commanded the left wing; the right was under General Howe. It had been seen that the latter wing might get in between the American line and the Mystic River, on the side of Charlestown opposite the Charles River, press to the rear of the Americans and fatally flank them. Troops had been sent out to that exposed neighborhood, men from Connecticut, and when New...show more

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  • Paperback | 66 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 136g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236803477
  • 9781236803474