Journals From Soldiers Essay

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Journals from Soldiers

Tensions are growing ever higher. Yesterday, British soldiers fired on a group of
unarmed Colinists killing and wounding five. I fear war is imminent. Being a veteran of
the French and Indian War, I shall be forced to join the effort. I am still weak from the
wounds I received in that conflict. I do not think I would last long. My children will not
grow up not knowing who I am!
Febuary 16, 1774
The colinists are growing more defiant every day. In response to the Tea Act, The
Sons of Liberty disguised themselves as Indians and raided tea ships in the night. The
boxes of tea were then thrown into the bay. Parliment responded by passing, as we like to
call them, The Intolerable Acts. They closed the port here in Boston until the tea is paid
for. Also, the government here in Massachusetts has been severely restricted. The
governor has all the power to appoint officials. Town meetings are not allowed and
British soldiers may go where they please.
January 6, 1775
War draws closer every day. Members of the New England militia have begun
training and are building up supplies. In September, a Continental Congess convened.
Some fifty-six delegates met in Philadelphia to establish a boycott of British good unless
the Intolerable Acts were repealed. Parliment denied a bill that would have repealed the
April 20, 1775
It has finally come. Yesterday morning the British were driven back from
Lexington and Concord. They are on retreat towards Boston. I fear I must evacuate my
family for their saftey. I will move them North where my wife will care for the children. I
am going to Cambridge to enlist.

Febuary 26, 1776
Dear Elizabeth,
We are being led by General George Washington, a military hero from the French
and Indian War. Although it will be tough, we know we can hold our own against the
British after the militia stood firm at The Battle of Bunker Hill. Things are on the upside
for us. Late last fall, Fort Ticonderoga in Northern New York was captured by Ethan
Allen and a band of Patriots. As for us, we stood atop Dorchester Heights and
bombarded Boston. The British, now under the command of Thomas Gage, retreated
with about one thousand Loyalists.
March 2, 1776
Dear Elizabeth,
The other day a pamphlet was circulating around the men. It was Common Sense,
by Thomas Paine. He argues that The American Colonies deserve independence, which is
the only remedy. The longer this is delayed, the harder it will be to win the war. That
alone will make an American union possibe. He calls the King a Royal Brute arguing that
all monarchies are corrupt. A particular quote on America’s destined independence:
“Every thing that is right or reasonable pleads for separation. The blood of the
slain....cries , Tis time to part”
I strongly urge you to purchase a copy of this pamphlet. It gives meaning to the war I am
June 17, 1776

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