five hundred effective rank and file.
But these were
the choicest troops, thoroughly trained, and profusely supplied with the materials of war; and as he had the dominion of the water, he was able; as from a centre, to bend them against any one point in the straggling line of their besiegers.
found the American
army dispersed in a semicircle, from the west end of Dorchester
to Maiden, a distance of nine miles. At Roxbury
, where Thomas
commanded two regiments of Connecticut
and nine of Massachusetts
, a strong work, planned by Knox
and Waters, crowned the hill, and with the brokenness of the rocky ground, secured that pass.
The main street was defended by a breastwork, in front of which sharpened and well-pointed trees, placed with the top towards Boston
, prevented the approach of light horse.
A breastwork also crossed the road to Dorchester
The men of Rhode Island
were partly on Winter Hill
, partly at Sewall's Farm, near the south bank of the Charles
The centre of the army was with Ward
, its lines reaching from the colleges almost to the river.
, with a division of four thousand men, composed of troops from Connecticut
and eight Massachusetts
regiments, lay intrenched on Prospect Hill
, in a position which was thought to be impregnable.
The New Hampshire
forces were fortifying Winter Hill
; assisted perhaps by a Rhode Island regiment, and certainly by Poor
's Massachusetts regiment, which for want of tents had its quarters in Medford
The smaller posts and sentinels stretched beyond Maiden river.
Apart, in a very thick wood, near where the Charles
enters the bay, stood the wigwams of about