March 31, 2015
American Revolutionary War- The Boston Massacre
Boom, Bang, Boom!! The Boston massacre was part of the American Revolutionary war, is it took place in Boston Massachusetts, on March 5th, 1770. The colonist mean and women protested agents the British troops. Many men were losing their jobs, and blamed the British troops for it. They gathered in front of the old state house and yelled at the British troop’s that were trying to calm down the crowd. The colonists became even angrier when 17 year old Edwerd Gerit hit Private Hu Montgomery in the head with a rock. Montgomery fell to the ground but quickly got back up and hit Edwerd in the head with a club. After being hit in the head, Edwerd was knocked out and carried out of the raging crowd. Not too long after that one of the soldiers thought he heard the commanding officer shout fire, so the soldiers shot into the crowd. When all of the smoke cleared 3 men were shot and died on the spot. A black sailor named Crispus Attucks, a rope maker named Samuel Gray and a mariner named James Caldwell, were all shot by British troops. The British troops wounded 8 other, two of whom died later that night, Saluel Maverick, and Patrick Carr. Later that month Caption Thomas Preton was arrested for manslaughter along with eight other soldiers. Every year on March 5th, people gather at the old state house in Boston Massachusetts and reenacted the events that happened on this historic day. They dress up as colonist and British troops when they reenact of the Boston Massacre. They use the real muskets that the British troops used but they do not use real marbles and gun powder during the reenactments. They use sound effects and smoke machines that contribute to the Boston Massacre feeling. There were many different weapons used during the Boston Massacre. These weapons include rocks, sticks, chunks of ice and the musket. A musket is a type of gun that the British used during the Boston Massacre. These guns were shot by putting marbles and gun powder down the barrel of the gun. At the very end of the gun there is a sharp pointy weapon called the club. This was often used to stab the enemy. Here is a picture of a British musket.
The troops used the musket to frighten the colonist, but the muskets were not frightened it only made they more upset. I provided a British uniform that were wore during the time of the Boston Massacre. These uniforms had mostly red jackets with white pants. The uniform a musket holder on the back of the uniform so they could carry the musket. This helped so they didn’t have to carry their guns by hands.
Here is a picture of the British uniform.
On the night of the Boston Massacre, Paul Revere drew a picture of the Boston Massacre. He named it the Bloody Massacre. Here is a picture of the Bloody Massacre.
The Boston Massacre was the most devastating event that ever happened, five men lost their lives that day and they will always be remembered. I talked about all of the things that happened that night and more. The reason why I picked this topic to be my essay was because it grabbed my attention and made me wonder why the British troop shot and killed five colonist and what the story behind the Boston Massacre. In conclusion, the Boston Massacre was the most entrusting story that caught my eye and pulled me into the story and got me engaged in what was happening. So overall, I wrote my essay about the Boston Massacre and what took place in the front of the old state house.