Sullivan square, and wheeled up Bunker hill
were back in Charlestown
All along this route the Minute Men
kept up the attack upon the exhausted and disordered British, sometimes in organized attack, sometimes in personal encounter.
Among the troops that followed the British
down into Charlestown
were the Minute Men
So ended the battle of April nineteenth, and while the women and children of Charlestown
were fleeing in terror across the marshes to Medford
, the Medford
company proceeded to Cambridge
, which became the headquarters of the American
But how looked at these events Hugh Earl Percy, whose men that night recrossed the Charles
in the boats of the Somerset
, which swung in the tide as Paul Revere
, the night before, passed under its shadow?
On August 8, 1774, Percy
wrote to Henry Reveley
, ‘The people here are a set of sly, artful, hypocritical rascalls, cruel, & cowards.
I must own I cannot but despise them completely.’
On April 20, 1775, in an unofficial account of the retreat, he wrote General Harvey
, ‘We retired for 15 m under an incessant fire, wh like a moving circle surrounded & fold us wherever we went, till we arrived at Charlestown
at 8 in the ev'g, . . . Whoever looks upon them as an irregular mob, will find himself much mistaken. . . . You may depend upon it, that as the Rebels
have now had time to prepare, they are determined to go throa with it, nor will the insurrection here turn out so despicable as it is perhaps imagined at home.
For my part, I never believed, I confess, that they wd have attacked the King
's troops, or have had the preserverance I found in them yesterday.’
To the Duke
he wrote on August 18, 1775, ‘My dearest Father: . . . I have enclosed a newspaper containing copies of some letters wrote by some of the principal people at the Congress
, wh were intercepted by us. You will perceive from them that ’