British Soldiers were patrolling the streets of Boston and a mob of colonists found them. They started calling the British Soldiers names such as ¨Redcoats¨ or ¨Lobsterbacks¨ and threw pieces of ice and snow at them. One of the colonists hit Private Hugh Montgomery. Nobody knows for a fact what happened after that. Maybe Montgomery fell but what people know for sure is that he was the first one to fire. That was in fact what began the event.
What Led Up to the Fight?
The effects of this occurrence was an utter disaster, Many people ended up fleeing boston completely. Hutchinson started to investigate the event, and by morning, Preston and the 8 soldiers were off to jail. Preston’s trial lasted October, 24, 1770 to October, 30 1770. John Adams, who went on to become the second U.S. president, defended the soldiers in court. Conflicts between the British and the colonists had been on rise because the British government was trying to increase control over the colonies and raise taxes at the same time. The event in Boston helped bring together the colonies against the British.
The Effects Of The Massacre
Who Died And Why Were they Important?
Many people died in the Boston Massacre. The colonists who died were, Crispus Attucks, Samuel Gray and James Caldwell. Samuel Maverick died a few hours later and Patrick Carr died nine days later. Six people were left with both minor and major injuries. The people that died were important because they were some of the first people to lose their lives for American cause. Crispus Attucks was the first one to die. He was African American and a former slave. There is a monument for him in Boston.
March 6, 1770
There have been horrible events due to the Revolution. Late last night, when the other Patriots and I were complaining about the unfair taxes those dirty Lobsterbacks fired upon us off command! Now, don’t be worried. for I am fine. I was very lucky, I am very sorry to say that we have lost five of our strong brothers. I came out of the fight with a few scratches and bruises, but I am fine besides that. I miss you very much, how are the children? Please tell me what is going on at home, for I am missing you and the children very much.
All My Love,
Letter From Patriot Point of View
Letter from Loyalist Point of View
March 7, 1770
Dear Mother and Father,
Those darn rebels! When I was patrolling the streets of Boston with my fellow soldiers, a drunken mob of them started attacking us! They were calling us “Redcoats” and “Lobster Backs.” They even threw large pieces of ice and snow at us! Private Hugh Montgomery was the first to fire, but I don’t blame him! One of those rebels hit him with a piece of ice. I’m not quite sure what happened after that. Maybe he fell? But that is besides the point. After that, we started shooting to defend ourselves. I do not regret firing as we were doing nothing wrong! Now eight of us are in jail! Don’t worry! I was lucky and I was not sent to jail. I will never let our king down!
Your beloved son,