Samuel Adams; A Character Sketch Volume 2

Samuel Adams; A Character Sketch Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ...possible, been getting ready for the inevitable struggle. With his patriotic friends he had been urging the colonists to practice daily in military exercises, to manufacture arms and gunpowder, and to enroll companies of militia, which were to be ready at a moment's notice to respond on the call of danger. These were the minute men, who very soon were to march so triumphantly into history. General Gage, after the meeting of the Provincial Congress of Massachusetts (the first in America), which made elaborate preparations to raise an army to meet with armed resistance the aggression of the king, determined to arrest Hancock and Adams. He had been urged by letters from England to do this at once, and as reinforcements of soldiers were now on the way, he deemed the fit time had come to seize these arch-enemies of the crown. Adams and Hancock, for greater safety, had gone to Lexington, and were stopping at the house of the Rev. Jonas Clark, in that village. Late in the evening of the eighteenth of April, 1775, Gage secretly despatched eight hundred men, under the command of Lieutenant Col.Smith and Major Pitcairn, to Lexington, to lay hold upon the patriots, and also to Buckman Tavern, Lexington. Mass. Headquarters of the Minute Men. destroy the ammunition which the colonists had collected together at Concord, a few miles from Lexington. Around the house of Mr. Clark were a sergeant and eight men, belonging to Jonas Parker's company of militia, which had marched to Lexington Green. But General Gage had been again outwitted. He thought the going of the regulars would be a complete surprise to Adams, Hancock and all the rest. But William Dawes and Paul Revere rode with all speed to Lexington, and spread the alarm through all the country. From the...show more

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  • Paperback | 28 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123651131X
  • 9781236511317