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Edward H. Savage, author of Police Recollections; Or Boston by Daylight and Gas-Light ., Boston events: a brief mention and the date of more than 5,000 events that transpired in Boston from 1630 to 1880, covering a period of 250 years, together with other occurrences of interest, arranged in alphabetical order 24 0 Browse Search
George Bancroft, History of the United States from the Discovery of the American Continent, Vol. 7, 4th edition. 8 0 Browse Search
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing) 4 0 Browse Search
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 10. 4 0 Browse Search
Historic leaves, volume 5, April, 1906 - January, 1907 4 0 Browse Search
Benjamin Cutter, William R. Cutter, History of the town of Arlington, Massachusetts, ormerly the second precinct in Cambridge, or District of Menotomy, afterward the town of West Cambridge. 1635-1879 with a genealogical register of the inhabitants of the precinct. 2 0 Browse Search
Lucius R. Paige, History of Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1630-1877, with a genealogical register 2 0 Browse Search
Cambridge sketches (ed. Estelle M. H. Merrill) 2 0 Browse Search
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 1 2 0 Browse Search
The Cambridge of eighteen hundred and ninety-six: a picture of the city and its industries fifty years after its incorporation (ed. Arthur Gilman) 2 0 Browse Search
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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Bunker Hill, battle of. (search)
tion on the left of the unfinished breastwork, but 200 yards in the rear, and under imperfect cover, made by pulling up a rail-fence, making parallel lines with the rails, and filling the intervening spaces with new-mown hay. At a little past three o'clock in the afternoon Howe's great guns moved towards the redoubt and opened fire upon the works. They were followed by the troops in two columns, commanded respectively by Howe and Pigot. The guns on the British ships, and a battery on Copp's Hill, in Boston, hurled random shots in abundance on the Americans on Breed's Hill. The occupants of the redoubt kept silent until the enemy had approached very near, when, at the word Fire! 1,500 of the concealed patriots suddenly arose and poured such a destructive storm of bullets upon the climbers of the green slope that whole platoons, and even companies were prostrated. Flags fell to the ground like tall lilies in a meadow. The assailants fell back to the shore, and a shout of trium
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Whitmore, William Henry 1836- (search)
Whitmore, William Henry 1836- Genealogist; born in Dorchester, Mass., Sept. 6, 1836; received a public school education, and engaged in business, devoting his spare time to historical research. His publications include The American Genealogist; Massachusetts Civil list, 1636-1774; Copp's Hill epitaphs; History of the old State House, etc. He also prepared the Laws of adoption; Revision of the City Ordinances (with Henry W. Putnam) ; Report of the State seal, etc.
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Olde Cambridge, Chapter 5: Lowell (search)
ved in B--[Boston]. When there, I always maintain punctiliously the character of a country gentleman. We trail along the sidewalk, stopping at all the shop windows to look at prints, caricatures, rifles, silverware, muslins, books, goldfish, toys, and what not. Perhaps I go over all the shop windows again, or I walk down to the end of Long Wharf-the only part of the city that I loved when a boy -or I walk through Ann Street, (sadly changed now, and invaded by granite blocks,) or round by Copp's Hill, where the primitive pretionary B--[Boston] still persists, and where old people live who think our Independence of Britain a mistake,--or I go up to look at the new Athenaeum, the library room in which is finished and is the handsomest I ever saw. Through all the varied scenes I continue to represent the country interest,--my pockets have, no doubt, been explored by the inquisitive fingers of professional gentlemen from New York over and over again. Probably they know me by this time,
he west side of Brattle Square ran a small creek, which curved southwestward through marshes, inclosing Eliot and South streets, and emptying into Charles River near the site of College Wharf. This creek, deepened and widened into a canal, furnished access to the Town from the river, and at its mouth was a ferry, established in 1635, connecting with a road on the south bank through Brookline to Boston Neck. The only other communication with Boston was through Charlestown and by ferry to Copp's Hill. The inconvenience of depending solely upon ferries was soon felt, and by 1662 the Great Bridge was built, connected by a causeway with what we call Boylston Street, and leading across to what we call Allston. There was no other bridge until the one from East Cambridge to Charlestown was finished in 1786, soon to be followed by West Boston Bridge in 1793, which wrought a great change in the facing of Cambridge toward Boston. Throughout the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries the true
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 1, Chapter 3: birth and early Education.—1811-26. (search)
organization until 1822, its citizens electing selectmen and voting upon municipal affairs in Faneuil Hall. Within its limits, then quite narrow, were many open spaces, now covered by warehouses and dwellings. Ample gardens were spread out on streets since lined with blocks. Families most regarded for lineage and wealth lived near the Common and the State House, and also on Fort Hill, which after being deserted by this class was levelled in 1871, and is now a thoroughfare of business. Copp's Hill, the North End, and the West End were inhabited generally by citizens who enjoyed a competency or were raised above poverty by their earnings. The suburbs were occupied by villages and large farms, with estates here and there of merchants who drove daily to their counting-rooms in Boston. The people were generally primitive in their mode of living. A few were moderately rich, but equality of condition was the general feature of society. The streets were not as yet filled with the me
Cambridge sketches (ed. Estelle M. H. Merrill), The river Charles. (search)
op seems to have had no notion of coming here to live; but we can have no quarrel with him on that score to-day, as we look across to the gilded dome and reflect that it is in its right place. There was a ferry at the foot of Dunster Street which served the colonists for twenty years before the Great Bridge was built. From the ferry a road led through Brookline and Roxbury into Boston, and whoever wished to take another route must make his way through Charlestown and across a ferry at Copp's Hill. That bridge cost a deal of money, and various expedients were adopted to aid Cambridge in her bearing of what was justly considered a heavy burden for the poor little town. Brighton, Newton, Lexington and Middlesex County itself helped to keep the bridge in repair, and even the General Court occasionally granted money on its account. It would take too long to review in detail all the important events that have happened here, such as the brilliant scene in 1716 when Colonel Shute, the
all the Bridges become free. public avenues. Sharp contest in regard to Mount Auburn and Cambridge streets. important legal principle first established in the trial and decision of this contest It has already been stated in chapter v., that a ferry was established in 1635 across Charles River (at the foot of Dunster Street), from which there was a road through Brookline and Roxbury to Boston. The only other feasible route to Boston was through Charlestown, and across a ferry near Copp's Hill. Desiring to avoid the inconvenience and peril of a ferry, the inhabitants of Cambridge consented, Nov. 10, 1656, to pay each one their proportion of a rate to the sum of 2001. towards the building a bridge over Charles River, upon condition the same may be effected without further charge to the town. A place for the bridge was selected, at the foot of Brighton Street; but the work was too great to be accomplished at once. Three years afterwards, Feb. 4, 1659-60, the former propositio
he harbor; 14 men killed, Aug. 27, 1640 The miller at Copp's Hill killed by lightning, June 22, 1642 Capt. Davenport atanized, June 1, 1638 British have six guns mounted on Copp's hill, June 17, 1775 Park, near Park square. Name suggested, 1739 Walls built next Tremont street, Oct., 1829 Copp's Hill, land purchased by the town, 1659 Enlarged upon the slliam A. Green, appointed, Jan., 1873 Fireworks on Copp's Hill in the evening, July 4, 1800 On the Common, spoiled b Common, 1765 Removed to near Park square, 1843 On Copp's hill removed to Cooper street, Oct., 1827 Cooper street atrwards called Fort Hill, 1631 Snow, afterwards called Copp's Hill, 1631 Cotton, the southerly part of Pemberton Hill, 1near Link alley and Hanover street, 1685 Wind. One on Copp's Hill, to grind corn, 1632 One set up on Fox Hill, on the Cshington, south of Dover street, May, 1842 Planted on Copp's Hill burying-grounds, May, 1843 Trees Liberty. A Libe
Edward H. Savage, author of Police Recollections; Or Boston by Daylight and Gas-Light ., Boston events: a brief mention and the date of more than 5,000 events that transpired in Boston from 1630 to 1880, covering a period of 250 years, together with other occurrences of interest, arranged in alphabetical order, Extract from the City records, from a report of the Joint standing Committee of the City Council, on the Nomenclature of streets, made in 1879. (search)
e Lowell street, and reached nearly to Hanover street. The water crossed Gouch and Pitts streets at half their length, and crossed Sudbury street, between Bowker and Portland streets. Where Blackstone street now is, there was a canal connecting the Mill Pond with the Town Dock (where the market now stands), rendering the North End an island. Hanover street then, as now, was the main avenue north-easterly through Salem street; it was laid out at an early date, skirting the west side of Copp's Hill. Boston was built originally upon the narrow reaches of level land lying at the foot of its three hills, bordering on the numerous coves and arms of the sea which environed it. The Book of Possessions, which may have been prepared within fifteen years of the settlement of the town, and certainly in less than twenty-five years of that date, gives us the proof that a certain number of highways had been established. Although no regular names were given to these streets at that time, n
xtended north, 1841, 1859, 1866, Charles street, 1805 Union to Causeway, Haymarket square to Causeway, 1840, Charlestown street, 1807 From North street to Copp's Hill, Hanover to Commercial, 1803, Charter street, 1708 Merchants' row to Commercial street, Butler's row, in part, 1789, Chatham street, 1825 Chauncy place. Bny extensions, Congress street, 1800 North Margin to Pond; extended to Salem street, 1838, Cooper street, 1807 Between Snowhill, Charter and Lynn streets, Copp's Hill, 1660 From Corn Market south; opposite south side Faneuil Hall, Corn court, 1708 Court to Washington; Market street, 1817, Cornhill street, 1828 Washint, 1807 North Battery, now Battery wharf, (Merry's point,) 1646 Fort street, 1666; Marlboroa to Batterymarch, east, 1804, 1820, Milk street, 1708 About Copp's Hill, (Mill Field,) 1634 Within Salem, North Margin, Causeway, South Margin and Merrimac streets, (Mill Pond,) 1650 Leverett to the water; Cart lane, 1733, Min
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