for ten days, when they should be relieved; Leon
ard, one of their chaplains, preached to them on the duty of courage and subordination; nevertheless many of ‘the Connecticut
gentry’ made the best of their way to their own firesides; some with their arms and ammunition.
would have had Trumbull
make an example of the deserters.
answered: ‘The pulse of a New England
man beats high for liberty; his engagement in the service he thinks purely voluntary; when the time of enlistment is out, he thinks himself not further holden: this is the genius and spirit of our people.’
But the inhabitants along their homeward road expressed abhorrence at their quitting the army, and would scarcely furnish them with provisions; and the rebuke they met with in their towns, drove many of them back to the camp.
Others in Connecticut
volunteered to take the places of those who withdrew; but Washington
had, through the colonial governments, already called out three thousand men from the militia of Massachusetts
, and two thousand from New Hampshire
, who repaired to the camp with celerity, and cheerfully braved ‘the want of wood, barracks, and blankets.’
In this manner, with little aid from the general congress, Washington
continued the siege of Boston
, and enlisted a new army for the following year, as well as could be done without money in the treasury, or powder or arms in store.
His ceaseless vigilance guarded against every danger; the fortifications were extended to Lechmere's Point; and every possible landing place for a sallying party from Boston
was secured by intrenchments.
The press of New England
avowed more and