morning the Boys arose early, with tender and exfoliated rumps from ripping off
the duct tape. Deciding they needed a little more heterosexual setting, they
decide to head back up towards Bean-Town and check out the voluminous history of
the "Cradle of the America Revolution." En route, the Boys decided to take into
Lexington and Concord, where the "Shot heard 'round the World" happened!
The Battle of Lexington
Mike and Bone made it to Lexington by 9:00AM with a full day
planned. Once at the National Park, there was a Park Ranger providing a
historical walkthrough of the events in both Lexington and Concord.
The beginning of the Original British Invasion with only Paul (Revere): Arriving on
a holiday By April 177 Boston was under British military control. On
April 14, 1775, General Gage, commander of the British troops.
received instructions from Secretary of State William Legge, the Earl of
Dartmouth to disarm the rebels, who had supposedly hidden weapons in
Concord, and to imprison the rebellion's leaders.
gave Gage considerable discretion in his commands.
On the morning of April 16, Gage ordered a mounted patrol of
about 50 men under the command of Major Mitchell of the 5th Regiment into the
surrounding country to intercept messengers who might be out on horseback. This
patrol behaved differently from patrols sent out from
in the past, staying out after dark and asking travelers about the location of
Sam Adams and John Hancock. This had the unintended effect of alarming many
residents and increasing their preparedness. The Lexington Militia in particular
began to muster early that evening, hours before receiving any word from
Lieutenant Colonel Francis Smith received orders
from Gage on the afternoon of April 18 with instructions that he was not to read
them until his troops were underway. They were to proceed from
"with utmost expedition and secrecy to Concord,
where you will seize and destroy… all Military stores… But you will take care
that the soldiers do not plunder the inhabitants or hurt private property." Gage
apparently used his discretion and did not issue written orders for the arrest
of rebel leaders.
The rebellion's ringleaders with the exception of
Paul Revere and Joseph Warren had all left Boston
by April 8. They had received word of Dartmouth's
secret instructions to General Gage from sources in London
long before they had reached Gage himself. Samuel Adams and John Hancock had
fled Boston to the Hancock-Clarke
House, home of one of Hancock's relatives in Lexington
where they thought they would be safe.
The Massachusetts Militia had indeed been
gathering a stock of weapons, powder, and supplies at Concord, as well as an
even greater amount much further west in Worcester, but word reached the
Patriots that British officers had been observed examining the roads to Concord.
On April 8, they instructed people of the town to remove the stores and
distribute them among other towns nearby.
Between 9:00 and 10:00 PM on the night of April
18, 1775, Joseph Warren told William Dawes and Paul Revere that the King's
troops were about to embark in boats from Boston bound for Cambridge and the
road to Lexington and Concord. Warren's
intelligence suggested that the most likely objectives of the British Army's
movements later that night would be the capture of Samuel Adams and John
Hancock. They worried less about the possibility of regulars marching to
Concord. The supplies at Concord
were safe, after all, but they thought their leaders in
were unaware of the potential danger that night. Revere
and Dawes were sent out to warn them and alert Patriots in nearby towns.
Dawes covered the southern land route
by horseback across the Boston Neck and over the Great
first gave instructions to send a signal to Charlestown
and then he traveled the northern water route. He crossed the Charles
River by rowboat, slipping past the British warship HMS Somerset at
anchor. Crossings were banned at that hour, but Revere
safely landed in Charlestown and
rode to Lexington, avoiding the
British patrol and later warning almost every house along the route. The warned
men and the Charlestown Patriots dispatched additional riders to the north.
After they arrived in
Revere, Dawes, Hancock, and
discussed the situation with the militia assembling there. They believed that
the forces leaving the city were too large for the sole task of arresting two
men and that Concord was the main
target. The Lexington men dispatched
riders in all directions and Revere
and Dawes continued along the road to Concord.
They met Samuel Prescott at about
In Lincoln, these three ran into a
British patrol led by Major Mitchell of the 5th Regiment and only
managed to warn Concord. Additional
riders were sent out from Concord.
and Dawes, as well as many other alarm riders, triggered a flexible system of
"alarm and muster" that had been carefully developed months before, in reaction
to the British colonists' impotent response to the Powder Alarm. "Alarm and
muster" was an improved version of an old network of widespread notification and
fast deployment of local militia forces in times of emergency. The colonists had
periodically used this system all the way back to the early years of Indian wars
in the colony, before it fell into disuse in the French & Indian War. In
addition to other express riders delivering their message, bells, drums, alarm
guns, bonfires and a trumpet were used for rapid communication from town to
town, notifying the rebels in dozens of eastern
villages that they should muster their militias because the regulars in numbers
greater than 500 were leaving Boston.
These early warnings played a crucial role in assembling a sufficient number of
British colonial militia to inflict heavy damage on the British regular army
later in the day. Samuel Adams and John Hancock were eventually moved to safety,
first to what is now Burlington
and later to Billerica.
Gage issued orders to have the entire 1st Brigade under arms, and ready to march
at The British regulars, around
700 strong, were led by Lieutenant Colonel Francis Smith began their 17 mile
march to Concord
As they marched through Menotomy (modern
Arlington), sounds of the colonial alarms throughout the
countryside caused the few officers who were aware of their mission to realize
that they had lost the element of surprise.
John Parker, Captain of the
The Battle of Lexington: As
the British Army's advance guard under Pitcairn entered Lexington at sunrise on
April 19, 1775, 77 Lexington militiamen, led by Captain John Parker, emerged
from Buckman Tavern and stood in ranks on the village common watching them, and
spectators (somewhere between 40 and 100) watched from along the side of the
road. Of these militiamen, nine had the surname Harrington, seven Munroe, four
Parker, three Tidd, three Locke, and three Reed. (Lexington,
incidentally, had no minutemen; the town never voted to establish a minute
Parker was later supposed to have made a statement
that is now engraved in stone at the site of the battle: "Stand your ground;
don't fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin
here." He instead told his men to stand fast, don't molest the King's troops and
to let them pass, according to his sworn deposition in 1775 after the fight.
A veteran of Indian wars, now slowly dying of tuberculosis, he knew not to let
his men be wasted in such a one-sided affair.
Rather than turn left towards
Concord, Marine Lieutenant Jesse Adair, at the head of the advance guard of
light infantry companies from the 4th, 5th and 10th Regiments of Foot, decided
on his own to protect the flank of his troops by first turning right and then
leading the companies down the common itself in a confused effort to surround
and disarm the militia. These men ran towards the Lexington
militia loudly crying "Huzzah!" to rouse themselves and to confuse the militia.
Major Pitcairn arrived from the rear of the advance force and led his three
companies to the left and halted them. The remaining companies lay behind the
village meeting house on the road back towards Boston.
Pitcairn then apparently rode forward, waving his sword, and yelled
"Disperse, you rebels; damn you, throw down your arms and disperse!" Captain
Parker told his men instead to disperse and go home, but, because of the
confusion, the yelling all around, and due to the raspiness of Parker's
tubercular voice, some did not hear him, some left very slowly, and none laid
down arms. Both Parker and Pitcairn ordered their men to hold fire, but suddenly
a shot was fired from a still unknown source.
Some witnesses among the regulars reported the first shot was
fired by a colonial onlooker from behind a hedge or around the corner of a
tavern. Some observers reported a mounted British officer firing first. Both
sides generally agreed that the initial shot did not come from the men on the
ground immediately facing each other. Speculation arose later in
that a man named Solomon Brown fired the first shot from inside the tavern or
from behind a wall. Unsubstantiated allegations also arose that the British were
ordered to fire a "warning volley" that startled the
troops into firing. Recent speculation has focused on the possibility of a
negligent discharge or of multiple, possibly unrelated "first shots" from both
In truth, nobody knew then, nor knows today, who fired the
first shot of the American Revolution.
The British Cemetery in Lexington
Pitcairn's horse was hit in two places. The regulars charged
forward with bayonets. Captain Parker witnessed his cousin Jonas run through.
Massachusetts men were killed and
ten were wounded against only one British soldier of the 10th Foot wounded (his
name was Johnson, according to Ensign Jeremy Lister of that regt., present at
this incident.) The eight British colonists killed, the first to die in the
Revolutionary War, were John Brown, Samuel Hadley, Caleb Harrington, Jonathon
Harrington, Robert Munroe, Isaac Muzzey, Asahel Porter, and Jonas Parker.
Jonathon Harrington, fatally wounded by a British musket ball, managed to crawl
back to his home, and he died upon his doorstep. One wounded man, Prince
Estabrook, was a black slave who served in the town's militia.
The light infantry companies under
Pitcairn at the common got beyond their officers' control. They were firing in
different directions and preparing to enter private homes. Upon hearing the
sounds of muskets, Colonel Smith rode forward from the grenadier column. He
quickly found a drummer and ordered him to beat assembly. The grenadiers arrived
shortly thereafter, and, once they were rounded up, the light infantry were then
permitted to fire a victory volley, after which the column was reformed and
marched towards Concord.
Sam Adams and John Hancock's
hideout in Lexington
The place of the Jam: The Battle of Concord: The militiamen of
Concord, uncertain of what had actually transpired at
Lexington, were not sure whether to wait until they could
be reinforced by troops from towns nearby, or to stay and defend the town, or to
move east and greet the British Army from superior terrain. As the regulars
began to approach, they did all of these. The Minutemen watched from a hill as
Smith deployed light infantry against them. They began a series of marching
retreats into the town. Some had occupied a hill in the town and now argued
about what to do next, while others approached with the regulars behind them.
militia arrived and joined in the debate. Caution prevailed, and Colonel James
Barrett surrendered the town of Concord
and led the men across the North
to a hill about a mile north of town, where they could continue to watch the
troop movements of the British.
Soon afterwards the British entered
and using the detailed information provided by Loyalist spies, the grenadier
companies searched the small town for military supplies. When the grenadiers
arrived at Ephraim Jones's tavern, by the jail on the
SouthBridge road, they found the door
barred shut, and Jones refused them entry. According to reports provided by
local Tories, Pitcairn knew cannon had been buried on the property, so, holding
the tavern keeper at gunpoint, he ordered him to show him where the guns were
buried. These turned out to be three massive pieces, firing 24-pound shot, much
too heavy to use defensively, but very effective against fortifications, and
capable of bombarding the island city of Boston
from the mainland (the source of these formidable weapons remains a tantalizing
mystery). The grenadiers smashed the trunnions of these three guns so they could
not be mounted. They also burned some gun carriages found in the village
meetinghouse, and when the fire spread to the meetinghouse itself, local
resident Martha Moulton persuaded the soldiers to help in a bucket brigade to
save the building. Nearly a hundred barrels of flour and salted food, and 550
pounds of musket balls, were thrown into the millpond. Only improvised repairs
were possible for the cannon, but all the shot was recovered.
Barrett's house had been an arsenal weeks before
but few weapons remained now, and these were, according to family legend,
quickly buried in furrows to look like a crop had been planted.
Five full companies of Minutemen and
five of militia from Acton, Concord, Bedford and Lincoln occupied this hill
along with groups of other men streaming in, totaling at least 400 against the
light infantry companies from the 4th, 10th, and 43rd Regiments of Foot under
Captain Laurie, a force totaling about 90-95 men. Barrett ordered the
men to form one long line two deep on the highway leading down to the bridge,
and then he called for another consultation.
The Concord Battle Bridge
While overlooking NorthBridge from the top of the hill
(which would after 1793 have a road built on it called
Liberty Street), Barrett and the other Captains
discussed possible courses of action. Captain Isaac Davis of
Acton, whose troops had arrived late, declared his
willingness to defend a town not their own by saying, "I'm not afraid to go, and
I haven't a man that's afraid to go."
At this moment, they first
saw the smoke from the burning gun carriages and barrels rising over
Concord, and many thought the regulars had set the town
alight. Barrett ordered the men to load their weapons but not to fire unless
fired upon. Then he ordered them to advance. Both British companies used as
guards were ordered to retreat back across the North
Bridge, and one officer then tried to pull up the
loose planks of the bridge to impede the colonial advance. Major Buttrick began
to yell at the regulars to stop harming the bridge. The Minutemen and militia
advanced in column formation on the light infantry, keeping to the highway only,
since the highway was surrounded by the spring floodwaters of the
There was no music, no flags on both sides, even
though many years later one old man who had been on the colonial side suddenly
remembered out of the blue that their fifer played "The White Cockade", a
popular Jacobite tune, in opposition to the Hanoverian King George III. This is
apocryphal at best, and few of the British troops would have understood the
meaning of "The White Cockade" anyway, since the Scottish rebellion had been
thirty years before. In truth, neither side ever mentioned any flags or music at
the bridge that day in any sworn depositions at the time. British flank
companies carried no colors, and the militiamen and minutemen did not mention
using them at all.
The opponents did NOT face each other in stereotypical
Hollywood movie fashion, i.e., like the two lines of an upper-case letter T with
the top horizontal line representing the Patriots and the bottom vertical line
representing both the bridge and Laurie's British troops behind it, but rather
like a group of clustered, confused men on the British side trying to form a
street-firing position behind the bridge, facing the approaching line of
colonists who were still stuck marching toward the bridge in a column of men,
two abreast, on the causeway that was surrounded by spring floodwaters.
A shot rang out, and this time there is certainty from
depositions taken from men on both sides afterwards that it came from the
British Army's ranks. It was likely a warning shot, fired by a panicked,
exhausted British soldier from the 43rd, according to Laurie's letter to his
commander after the fight. Two other regulars then fired immediately after that,
shots splashing in the river, and then the narrow group up front, possibly
thinking the order to fire had been given, fired a ragged volley before Laurie
could stop them.
Two of the Acton Minutemen, private Abner Hosmer and Captain
Isaac Davis, at the head of the line marching to the bridge, were hit and killed
instantly. Four more men were wounded, but the militia only halted when Major
Buttrick yelled the order, "Fire, for God's sake, fellow soldiers, fire!", when
the lines were separated by the Concord River, the bridge, and only 50 yards (45
m). The few front rows of colonists, bound by the road, and blocked from forming
a line of fire, managed to fire over each others' heads and shoulders at the
regulars. The musket balls plunged down out of the sky down into the mass of
regular troops. Four of the eight British officers and sergeants at the bridge,
leading from the front of their troops as officers did in this era, were wounded
by the volley of musketry coming from the British colonists. At least three
privates (Thomas Smith, Patrick Gray and James Hall, all from the 4th (King's
Own) Regt of Foot's Light Company) were killed or mortally wounded, and ten,
including Lieutenant Sutherland, were wounded.
The regulars found themselves trapped in a situation where
they were both outnumbered and outmaneuvered. Leaderless, terrified at the
superior numbers of the enemy, their spirit broken, never having experienced
combat before, they abandoned their wounded, and fled to the safety of the
approaching grenadier companies coming from the town center.
The Minute Man Monument
(raised by wife's, girlfriends, and lovers in
response to the male orgasm)
The colonists were stunned by their success. No one had
actually believed each side would shoot and kill each other. Some advanced; many
more retreated; and some went home to see to the safety of their homes and
families. Colonel Barrett eventually began to recover control and chose to
divide his forces. He moved the militia back to the hilltop 300 yards away and
sent Major Buttrick with the Minutemen across the bridge to a defensive position
on a hill behind a stone wall.
Smith, leader of the British expedition, heard the exchange of
fire from his position in the town moments after he had received a request for
reinforcements from Laurie. Smith assembled two companies of grenadiers to lead
towards the North
himself. As these troops marched, they met the shattered remnants of the three
light infantry companies running towards them. Smith was concerned about the
four companies which had been at Barrett's. Their route to return safely was now
gone. Then he saw the Minutemen in the distance behind their wall, and he halted
his two companies and moved forward with only his officers to take a closer
In the written words of a Minuteman behind that wall: "If we
had fired, I believe we could have killed all most every officer there was in
the front, but we had no orders to fire and there wasn't a gun fired." During
this tense standoff of about 10 minutes, a mentally ill local man wandered
through both sides selling hard cider. Smith returned his grenadiers to the town
and hoped for the best for the remaining four companies.
These men, unaware of what had
happened, marched back from their fruitless search of Barrett's farm. They
passed unharmed by Barrett's militia on the muster field and through the tiny
battlefield, saw dead and wounded comrades lying on the bridge, including one
who looked to them as if he had been scalped, which angered and shocked the
British soldiers. They then passed sullenly over the bridge, unharmed by
Buttrick's Minutemen. The regulars all returned to the town by
Even after a small skirmish, and with superior numbers, the British colonists
still did not fire yet unless fired upon, and this time the regulars did nothing
to provoke them. The British Army continued to destroy colonial military
supplies in the town, ate lunch, reassembled for marching, then left
As the British soldiers headed back to Boston, they were
attacked by the Minutemen. All along the route back, Minutemen, local farmers
and townspeople continued the attack against the British. By the time the
soldiers reached Boston, 73 British solders were dead and 174 more were wounded.
In the days fighting, 49 patriots were killed, and 39 more
Mike and Bone thoroughly enjoyed the tour, the story, and the bucolic
scenery. Massachusetts has done a great job of keeping both of those sites free
of suburban sprawl. By 11:00 AM, the Boys wondered if it would tale
them 12 hours to get back to Boston as it did the British! So off they headed
on the same road were the Colonist harried the British Troops on their march
back to Boston !!!
The Charles Bridge in
It didn't take 12 hours but a
bout 40 minutes to
traverse the distance that the British walked to get to downtown. Since Mike and
Bone were both veterans of partying in the war zone of Downtown Detroit, they
were well accustomed to dodging bullets !!
Of Fleet of Foot on the
Boston Common, the start of the Freedom Trial:The
Boys parked in Boston Commons the start of the Freedom Trail. The Freedom Trail
is a 2.5 mile long red-painted path through downtown
that passes 16 of the city's historic landmarks. It starts at the visitor information center in Boston Common where
Mike and Bone started similar to Dorothy following the yellow brick road, but
differed in that at the end for Mike and Bone, they hoped it would be a big vat
of Samuel Adams beer !!!
Boston Common as this was the
area where the British Forces were encamped during the occupation from 1775 to
1776. It was a pleasant park and with a couple of cappuccinos in hand, the Boys
started following the "Red Line !!
The final resting place of
many of our Patriots
The Old Granary Burial Ground:Right
next to ParkStreetChurch
is the Old Granary Burial Ground, named after the granary that once stood on the
site of the church. Some of Boston's
most famous revolutionaries were buried here, including John Hancock, Samuel
Adams, Robert Treat Paine (all three signed the Declaration of Independence) as
well as Paul Revere and victims of the Boston Massacre.
Mike and Bone walked around marveling at the final resting places of so many of
the those "Patriots" they had heard of during the American Revolution and at the
age of many, many of the headstones !
Sam Adams, Brewer, Patriot ?
Samuel Adams was born in Boston,
was an excellent politician, an unsuccessful brewer, and a poor businessman. His
early public office as a tax collector might have made him suspect as an agent
of British authority, however he made good use of his understanding of the tax
codes and wide acquaintance with the merchants of Boston.
Samuel was a very visible popular leader who along with John Hancock, spend a
great deal of time in the public eye agitating for resistance. Adams
was truly one of the first full-time revolutionaries, that was his only true
passion. He along with Paul Revere, exaggerated the Boston
“Massacre”, organized the Boston Tea Party, and lead in the tar and feathering
of many a British Tax collector. We think of him now as a “Patriot”, back then
the British consideredhim a
“terrorist”, Interesting is it how one generations Patriot, is another’s
John Hancock's signature
Mike and Bone Massacring
Boston at the Old State House
The Old State House, the site of the Boston Massacre:The
Freedom Trail line now leads back north towards the Old State House, the seat of
the British Colonial government from its construction in 1713 until the end of
the American Revolution in 1776. After the revolution the building was used as
the Commonwealth's State House until 1798, when they moved into the new (and
current) State House.The square in
front of the Old State House is the site of the Boston Massacre, where on March
5, 1770, British troops opened fire on colonists who had been taunting them
throwing rocks and hurling insults. Five colonists were killed that day in what
proved to be one of the catalytic events leading to the American Revolution.
Mike and Bone stood against the
State House in the exact spot where the British were cornered, they wondered how
long they wait to do something, when a large, agitated mob, were throwing
bricks, rocks, and chunks of ice at them !?! Which is exactly the reason that
John Adams, who by the way was not a British sympathizer, but a Patriot, decided
to defend the British Troopers.
Finding Sam Adams at Fanieul
next stop on the Freedom Trail is Faneuil Hall, a building known as the 'Cradle
of Liberty'. While Faneuil Hall's first floor was Boston's
main market place, the second floor served as a meeting place. Samuel Adams was
one of the patriots who gathered here, trying to convince fellow colonists to
unite and fight against British oppression. A statue of Samuel Adams stands in
front of Faneuil Hall. Faneuil Hall is now the truest representation of
America,,,,, a huge outdoor Shopping Mall !!!! Mike and Bone checked out some of
the Tourist Shops for gifts for the families for a few minutes, and keep on
moving on down the Red Line.
Listen now children and you
about how Mike and Bone
House of Paul Revere !!!
Very liberally abridged from
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Paul Revere's House:Paul
Revere lived in this wooden house when he made his famous '
ride' to warn minutemen in Lexington
of the impending arrival of British troops. Revere,
a silversmith, bought the house in 1770. Originally built in 1680, it is now the
oldest house in downtown Boston.
The Boys checked out the house and the very modest things they had back in the
1700's in terms of simple chores such as heating and cooling (or the lack of !!)
Paul Revere, Fleeing from Mike and Bone !
The Red Line then took the Boys deep into
North Boston to the Old North Church and the Wonderful Italian District.
The Old North Church in
"Is it one lantern or two,
its too darn hard to tell in the daylight", Bone
Old North Church:On
April 18, 1775, Robert Newman, sexton of the Old North Church, hung lanterns in
the tower of the church, signaling to Paul Revere that British troops arrived by
sea. Hence Revere
knew he could best warn John Hancock and Samuel Adams of the arriving British
troops by riding over land to Lexington. The Church is a truly beautiful place,
that is to this day is still a functioning church.
Mike, ready to jam on some
awesome Italian food in North Boston !!!
By now it was pushing 12:30, and the Boys hadn't eaten
anything since the Portuguese Dinner the night before, starved, the Boys checked
out one of the many, many Italian Restaurants in North Boston. Mike ordered a
seafood dish and Bone a simple pasta marinara dish, which sent both Boys into
Racing the Red Line out of
Now stuffed and sated, Mike and Bone waddled out of the restaurant and on to
finish the tour so they could attack some Sam Adam's like the "Indians" in the
Boston Tea Party !!
Old Ironside, the USS
Freedom Trail now leads across the Charlestown
towards Charlestown's Navy Yard.
This was one of the country's first shipyards, set up to create a naval force
which up to that point had been no match for the British. The U.S.S.
Constitution, built in 1797 and the oldest warship of the U.S. Navy, is moored
here. Possibly the most famous vessel in the U.S.,
it won no less than 42 battles while it lost none and was never captured by the
enemy. When Mike and Bone walked on the
Ship, they realized that the average height of the sailors was around 5,2, at
6,2 Bone had little interest in climb down the stairs into the bowels of old
off the Ship, Mike and Bone saw the end of Red line where the British won a
battle, but at significant losses Bunker Hill !
Knock-Kneed at the Bunker
Hill Memorial !!
Bunker Hill Monument:The
last stop on the Freedom Trail is the Bunker Hill Monument, a granite obelisk
commemorating the battle of June 17, 1775 between the British and colonial
forces. This battle was one of the earliest in the
American Revolution. The battle's name is a misnomer because the major part of
the engagement was actually fought on Breed's Hill
nearby. The place for this battle was in Charlestown,
across the Charles River from Boston.
On June 16, 1775 ( at night ) more than 1,000 patriots
(rebel fighters), under the command of General Prescott, marched to Breed's Hill
over the Charlestown neck and fortified it with trenches, bales of cotton and
hay by the morning of June 17. After they were done with this, General Israel
Putnam took some men and began to fortify Bunker Hill.
Meanwhile in the town of Boston, the
British Commander, General Gage just happened to see the Americans occupying the
two hills...he ordered the British ships to start bombarding the Americans
positions until the British troops could arrive. Soon after the order the
British started moving troops to the east of Breed's hill
Col. Prescott's men would be the first attacked. This was the
first charge with British army on the east side of the hill with the secondary
doing a straight attack. General Howe's men lead the attack with 5,000 troops up
the hill. But they were not alone, they were covered by cannon from British
ships in the river. While this was going on, some of the British ships loaded
their cannons with incendiary shells and annihilated Charlestown, where a
fraction of American troops were sniping at British soldiers on the battlefield.
The first attack failed. The British retreated.
They went up the hill again but with the main
group attacking forward and the secondary going east...of course this attempt
also failed. The British were thoroughly enraged and took off their heavy packs
before charging the third time. The Americans were running low on ammunition and
gunpowder, so they had to retreat...through Charlestown
neck. And the British got the hills.
The losses were astounding for the British with
more than 1,000 men lost, wounded or prisoners. The Americans only lost about
400 or less. By the military tradition of the time, the British won because at
the end of the battle they had possession of the field. The casualties however,
tell a different story. This attack was immortalized forever in American
history. First, because it was the first serious defeat for the British and
secondly due to a famous quote attributed to one of the American commanders. To
preserve the American's gunpowder, he ordered the patriots, "Don't fire until
you see the whites of their eyes!"
The Monument of the Battle d
edicated in 1843, was the
tallest in the U.S.
until the Washington
was completed in 1885.
the Americans challenged the British, the five hundred and fifty steps to the
top of the Monument challenged the Boys ! Committed to sprint
to the top !!
The View of Boston from the Bunker
After the sprint, the Boys gasped for air in the hot, stuffy
and snapped a few shots of the city from the small windows. As they caught their
breath, they evaluated their options. Since the laws of science dictated that
whatever goes up must come down, they decided to sprint back down !!!
Weeble's wobble but they won't fall down:When
Mike and Bone made it back down the sprint up and down left the Boys knees
knocking like a Jehovah Witness door-to-door salesman !!! For the next few hours
their legs trembled like a 13 year boys on his first date. With the epic end of
the Red Line Tour, the Boys showered up and headed to celebrate their
accomplishment with copious amounts of Sam Adam's at the Bar where everybody
knows your name !!
Making your way in the world today takes
everything you've got.
Taking a break from all your worries, sure would
help a lot.
Wouldn't you like to get away?
Sometimes you want to go
Where everybody knows your name,
and they're always glad you came.
You wanna be where you can see,
our troubles are all the same
You wanna be where everybody knows
The Bull and Finch,
the original inspiration for the setting of the TV show Cheers, was and still is a favorite
neighborhood bar. In fact, the year that the Cheers show premiered on
television (1982) Boston Magazine chose the Bull & Finch Pub as the “Best
Neighborhood Bar” in Boston. In the summer of 1981, a couple from
Hollywood, Mary Ann and Glenn Charles happened into the Bull & Finch during
their search throughout Boston for a neighborhood bar to copy for their new TV
series. They enjoyed the warm, cozy atmosphere that this Beacon Hill
neighborhood pub provided and they decided to take pictures of the interior and
exterior to take back to Hollywood, in fact the facade of the building was used
in the opening sequence of the TV show. The
Bull and Finch is located on Beacon Street,
just down the hill from the State House where the Boys toured a few hours
Slamming Sammys at Sammy's
Yeah the Bull and Finch is now a tourist spot, but
it is still a heckuva lot of fun !!! Mike and Bone started to order round after
round of Samuel Adams (Brewer, Patriot !) and began to dicker with the other
patrons, as they munched on chicken wings and potato skin's. Many of the
patrons were in fact like Mike and Bone tourist, but there actually were a large
number of plain old fashion locals, like Normy and Cliff, making the whole
experience very much fun.
Despite the late hour and the munchies, the walking and beers at
Cheers left Mike and Bone with a good appetite, what better to end a New England
Trip than with Seafood from one of New England's best known restaurant Legal
Extra Legal Sea Foods !!
Legal seafood is famous for their fresh fish and clam chowda
(chowder for you non-Bostonian's!). Ordering up two clam chowders and fresh fish
the Boys also enjoyed a great bottle of red wine, so that by Mind-night they was
totally stuffed and exhausted from the entire day. With an earlier flight home,
they called it a night and headed back to their Hotel with causing considerable
damage to Bean-Town.
The 1998 Hall of Shame
This trip include good scotch, beers, and wine, lots of lobsta, chowda, and
seafood, a chance to party with a Kennedy and hang with Cliffy and Norm. All in
all an awesome trip and with minimal damage to the inhabitants of New Engand,
except for the hair-cover, used duct tape left in the Hotel Room
in P-Town (not that there is anything wrong with it !) Thus ending the
1998 Oh My Cod !!! its New England tour