previous next
[340] his hands in his bosom, fell lifeless. The rest fired
Chap. XLIII.} 1770. March
slowly and in succession on the people, who were dispersing. One aimed deliberately at a boy, who was running for safety. Montgomery then pushed at Palmes to stab him; on which the latter knocked his gun out of his hand, and levelling a blow at him hit Preston.1 Three persons were killed, among them Attucks the mulatto; eight were wounded, two of them mortally. Of all the eleven not more than one had had any share in the disturbance.

So infuriated were the soldiers, that, when the men returned to take up the dead, they prepared to fire again, but were checked by Preston, while the Twenty-Ninth Regiment appeared under arms in King Street, as if bent on a further massacre. ‘This is our time,’2 cried soldiers of the Fourteenth; and dogs were never seen more greedy for their prey.3

The bells rung in all the churches; the town drums beat. ‘To arms, to arms,’ was the cry. And now was to be tested the true character of Boston. All its sons came forth, excited almost to madness; many were absolutely distracted by the sight of the dead bodies, and of the blood, which ran plentifully in the street, and was imprinted in all directions by the foot-tracks on the snow. ‘Our hearts,’ says Warren, ‘beat to arms; almost resolved by one stroke to avenge the death of our slaughtered brethren.’4 But they stood self-possessed and irresistible, demanding justice according to the law. ‘Did you not know, ’

1 See the Note at the end of the Chapter.

2 Mrs. Mary Gardner, B. N. 25. Deposition, 144. Of her credibility, see Samuel Adams in Boston Gazette, 31 Dec. 1770.

3 William Fallass, Boston Narrative, 143. Compare those of All-man, of Matthias King, and of Robert Twelves Hewes.

4 Warren's Oration, 5 March, 1772.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

An XML version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.

hide Places (automatically extracted)

View a map of the most frequently mentioned places in this document.

Download Pleiades ancient places geospacial dataset for this text.

hide People (automatically extracted)
Sort people alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a person to search for him/her in this document.
James Warren (2)
William C. Preston (2)
Montgomery (1)
Matthias King (1)
Hewes (1)
Mary Gardner (1)
William Fallass (1)
Crispus Attucks (1)
Samuel Adams (1)
hide Dates (automatically extracted)
Sort dates alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a date to search for it in this document.
March 5th, 1772 AD (1)
December 31st, 1770 AD (1)
1770 AD (1)
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: