The Cobble Hill
referred to was the eminence on which was for many years the McLean Asylum
, and the mill dam afforded the Continentals a short route into the beleaguered town.
It also afforded a means of escape for at least one British deserter, as seen in the issue of January, 25:—
‘Since our last we have had several deserters from the enemy,— one of them stationed at Charlestown Mills, pitched his companion over the dam, and then run for Cobble Hill.’
We trust that the other sentinel did not find a watery grave, but ‘all's fair in love and war.’
Charlestown at the time of the ever memorable battle was compactly built between Breed's Hill
, where the monument now stands, and Charles River
, with a comparatively small number of houses northward along the road now called Main street. The buildings destroyed at this time were probably near the site of the Edes' mansion, now noted as the birthplace of Prof. Morse
of telegraph fame.
Between foes and friends, the old town named for King Charles who granted the charter to Matthew Cradock
's Company, was well nigh obliterated.
Its territory once entirely surrounded that of Medford
, and embraced that of Burlington
and parts of Arlington
, and Malden
Its corporate existence became finally absorbed in that of Boston
The ‘three or four houses’ that Major Knowlton
left could have afforded but little shelter to the British
troops whom editor or ‘printer’ Hall
styled ‘ministerial butchers.’
The result of the action was that the lines were closer drawn against the enemy in Charlestown
We will refer again to Mr. Hall