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On This Day 10/28/1775
10/19/2010 10:34:39 AM

British proclamation forbids residents from leaving Boston, Massachusetts


The new Commander-in-Chief of the British Army, Major General Sir William Howe, issues a proclamation to the residents of Bsoton, Massachusetts. Speaking from British headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts, General Howe forbade any person from leaving the city of Boston and ordered citizens to organize into military companies in order to:

"contribute all in his power for the
preservation of order and good
government within the town of Boston."

Almost four months earlier, on July 3, 1775, General George Washington had formally taken command of the Continental Army. General Washington, a prominent Virginia planter and veteran of the "French and Indian War", had been appointed Commander-in-Chief by the Continental Congress two weeks before in an attempt to turn the impromptu siege of Boston, Massachusetts, instigated by New Englanders enraged by the "Battle of Concord" and the "Battle of Lexington" the pevious April into a congressionally organized inter-colonial revolt against Parliamentary oppression.

The ad hoc siege of Boston, Massachusetts enjoyed its greatest moment when New Englanders under the command of American Patriot Israel Putnam and American Patriot William Prescott managed to kill two hundred twenty-six British troops and wound eight hundred thirty-eight British troops of the world-famous British Army before withdrawing their rag-tag troops fro Bunker Hill on June 17, 1775.

The newly minted General Washington was unimpressed upon meeting his supposed Army outside Boston, Massachusetts a few weeks after their momentous success. Just as the British had during the "French and Indian War", General Washington saw "stupidity" amont the enlisted men who were used to the easy familiarity of being commanded by neighbors in local militias with elected Officers.

General Washington promptly insisted that the Officers behave with decorum and the enlisted men with deference. Although General Washington enjoyed some successes with this original Army, the New Englanders went home to their farms at the end of 1775, and General Washington had to start fresh with new recruits in 1776.

The British did not leave Boston, Massachusetts until March 27, 1776 after General Washington's successful occupation of Dorchester Heights thirteen days earlier during which General Washington had turned the cannon captured from the British at Fort Ticonderoga on May 10, 1775 upon the British-held city of Boston, Massachusetts.

More afraid of their own cannon than American Patriot troops, the British troops departed, thus allowing Boston citizens to move freely and out of their own city for the first time in six months.



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Sir William Howe British General
George Washington American General
President, USA
Israel Putnam American Patriot
William Prescott American Patriot


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