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This concludes Untapped History's real time posting campaign for #VirtualPatriotsDay.We hope you have enjoyed our progra...
04/22/2021

This concludes Untapped History's real time posting campaign for #VirtualPatriotsDay.

We hope you have enjoyed our program. If you have any questions or thoughts about our real time campaign, please be sure to reach out to us!

We have received multiple requests about doing this again. Rest assured, after several drinking sessions we *may* consider it!

(*cough* Bunker Hill *cough).

We would also like to thank all of our fans who have checked in on us to make sure we are safe.

We want to assure everyone that the Nerds of Untapped History are doing well and have every intention of launching our 2021 tour season as soon as it is safe to do so.

In the meantime, we'll be doing what we do best...nerding out over history while consuming libations.

Now where did we put our anitfogmatic?

Stay safe everyone!

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This concludes Untapped History's real time posting campaign for #VirtualPatriotsDay.

We hope you have enjoyed our program. If you have any questions or thoughts about our real time campaign, please be sure to reach out to us!

We have received multiple requests about doing this again. Rest assured, after several drinking sessions we *may* consider it!

(*cough* Bunker Hill *cough).

We would also like to thank all of our fans who have checked in on us to make sure we are safe.

We want to assure everyone that the Nerds of Untapped History are doing well and have every intention of launching our 2021 tour season as soon as it is safe to do so.

In the meantime, we'll be doing what we do best...nerding out over history while consuming libations.

Now where did we put our anitfogmatic?

Stay safe everyone!

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Interested in learning more on the Ipswich Fright and the impact it had on the residents of Ess*x County? Be sure to che...
04/22/2021

Interested in learning more on the Ipswich Fright and the impact it had on the residents of Ess*x County? Be sure to check out this article by the Nerds of Historical Nerdery!!

https://historicalnerdery01.blogspot.com/2021/01/to-have-all-effects-of-inhabitants-of.html

Interested in learning more on the Ipswich Fright and the impact it had on the residents of Ess*x County? Be sure to check out this article by the Nerds of Historical Nerdery!!

https://historicalnerdery01.blogspot.com/2021/01/to-have-all-effects-of-inhabitants-of.html

246 years ago NOW...Benjamin Greenleaf is writing a letter to the Hampton (NH) Committee of Correspondence.In his corres...
04/22/2021

246 years ago NOW...

Benjamin Greenleaf is writing a letter to the Hampton (NH) Committee of Correspondence.

In his correspondence, he will describe the impact of the Ipswich Fright.

“We were unhappily thrown into distress yesterday, by false accounts received by two or three persons, and spread abroad, of a number of Soldiers being landed at Ipswich and murdering the inhabitants. We have since heard that it arose in the first place from a discovery of some small vessels near the entrance of their River, — one at least known to be a Cutter, — and it was apprehended that they were come to relieve the captives there in jail.”

#Newburyport1775

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246 years ago NOW...

Benjamin Greenleaf is writing a letter to the Hampton (NH) Committee of Correspondence.

In his correspondence, he will describe the impact of the Ipswich Fright.

“We were unhappily thrown into distress yesterday, by false accounts received by two or three persons, and spread abroad, of a number of Soldiers being landed at Ipswich and murdering the inhabitants. We have since heard that it arose in the first place from a discovery of some small vessels near the entrance of their River, — one at least known to be a Cutter, — and it was apprehended that they were come to relieve the captives there in jail.”

#Newburyport1775

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246 years ago NOW...The dispatch rider has returned to Exeter and reports that there is no British army on the road betw...
04/22/2021

246 years ago NOW...

The dispatch rider has returned to Exeter and reports that there is no British army on the road between Newburyport and Ipswich. The story was nothing more than a false rumor.

As a result, New Hampshire towns begin sending out alarm riders who spread the news that the account of a British army invading Ess*x County are false.

Relieved, Ess*x County residents start to return home.

#Newburyport1775

246 years ago NOW...

The dispatch rider has returned to Exeter and reports that there is no British army on the road between Newburyport and Ipswich. The story was nothing more than a false rumor.

As a result, New Hampshire towns begin sending out alarm riders who spread the news that the account of a British army invading Ess*x County are false.

Relieved, Ess*x County residents start to return home.

#Newburyport1775

246 years ago NOW...By the morning of April 22nd, Exeter New Hampshire has become the haven for Massachusetts refugees f...
04/22/2021

246 years ago NOW...

By the morning of April 22nd, Exeter New Hampshire has become the haven for Massachusetts refugees fleeing from the British army.

However, many believe the stories of a British invasion of Ess*x County are false. As a result, the town dispatches a rider towards Newburyport and Ipswich to ascertain the truth of the matter.

#Newburyport1775

246 years ago NOW...

By the morning of April 22nd, Exeter New Hampshire has become the haven for Massachusetts refugees fleeing from the British army.

However, many believe the stories of a British invasion of Ess*x County are false. As a result, the town dispatches a rider towards Newburyport and Ipswich to ascertain the truth of the matter.

#Newburyport1775

246 years ago NOW...The frightened residents of Ess*x County continue to pour into New Hampshire.According to one early ...
04/21/2021

246 years ago NOW...

The frightened residents of Ess*x County continue to pour into New Hampshire.

According to one early 19th century account, they will engage in "all sorts of ludicrous things ... to escape impending destruction."

#newburyport1775

246 years ago NOW...

The frightened residents of Ess*x County continue to pour into New Hampshire.

According to one early 19th century account, they will engage in "all sorts of ludicrous things ... to escape impending destruction."

#newburyport1775

246 years ago NOW...Most residents from the interior of the Merrimack Valley region, including those from Andover, Methu...
04/21/2021

246 years ago NOW...

Most residents from the interior of the Merrimack Valley region, including those from Andover, Methuen and Bradford, flee north to Exeter, New Hampshire.

Period accounts suggest by early evening Amesbury, Salisbury and Rowley were completely abandoned by its residents.

#Newburyport1775

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246 years ago NOW...

Most residents from the interior of the Merrimack Valley region, including those from Andover, Methuen and Bradford, flee north to Exeter, New Hampshire.

Period accounts suggest by early evening Amesbury, Salisbury and Rowley were completely abandoned by its residents.

#Newburyport1775

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246 years ago NOW ...Some residents refuse to flee and are determined to fight the coming British forces.One Newbury acc...
04/21/2021

246 years ago NOW ...

Some residents refuse to flee and are determined to fight the coming British forces.

One Newbury account suggests that an elderly resident will take up a defensive post at his front door, load his musket and declare he intended to “shoot the devils" when they arrive.

#Newburyport1775

246 years ago NOW ...

Some residents refuse to flee and are determined to fight the coming British forces.

One Newbury account suggests that an elderly resident will take up a defensive post at his front door, load his musket and declare he intended to “shoot the devils" when they arrive.

#Newburyport1775

246 years ago now...Residents near the Parker River bridge in Newbury have broken out into a fist fight over the proposa...
04/21/2021

246 years ago now...

Residents near the Parker River bridge in Newbury have broken out into a fist fight over the proposal to destroy the structure in order to slow the regular’s advance.

(We don't know who won ...)

#Newburyport1775

246 years ago now...

Residents near the Parker River bridge in Newbury have broken out into a fist fight over the proposal to destroy the structure in order to slow the regular’s advance.

(We don't know who won ...)

#Newburyport1775

246 years ago NOW...By now the panic has reached Cape Ann.Ess*x County residents are now turning against one another in ...
04/21/2021

246 years ago NOW...

By now the panic has reached Cape Ann.

Ess*x County residents are now turning against one another in an effort to avoid the coming British army.

According to one period account “a Mr. ___, having placed his family on board of a boat, to go to Ram island [Gloucester], for safety, was so annoyed with the crying of one of his children, that he exclaimed, in a great fright, ‘do throw that squalling brat overboard, or we shall all be discovered!’ ”

#Newburyport1775

246 years ago NOW...

By now the panic has reached Cape Ann.

Ess*x County residents are now turning against one another in an effort to avoid the coming British army.

According to one period account “a Mr. ___, having placed his family on board of a boat, to go to Ram island [Gloucester], for safety, was so annoyed with the crying of one of his children, that he exclaimed, in a great fright, ‘do throw that squalling brat overboard, or we shall all be discovered!’ ”

#Newburyport1775

246 years ago NOW...In Newburyport and Amesbury those who have not fled towards New Hampshire are now fleeing to remote ...
04/21/2021

246 years ago NOW...

In Newburyport and Amesbury those who have not fled towards New Hampshire are now fleeing to remote parts of their respective towns. According to one account, “the houses at Turkey hill were filled with women and children who spent the night in great trepidation.”

#Newburyport1775

246 years ago NOW...

In Newburyport and Amesbury those who have not fled towards New Hampshire are now fleeing to remote parts of their respective towns. According to one account, “the houses at Turkey hill were filled with women and children who spent the night in great trepidation.”

#Newburyport1775

246 years ago NOW..Panic has set in along most of the Ess*x County towns along the Merrimack River. Fearing an oncoming ...
04/21/2021

246 years ago NOW..

Panic has set in along most of the Ess*x County towns along the Merrimack River. Fearing an oncoming slaughter at the hands of British Regulars, many residents quickly gather their valuables and fled northwards towards New Hampshire.

In Newburyport, Amesbury, Haverhill, Bradford and Methuen civilians overwhelm the local ferries as they tried to cross the Merrimack River.

At the same time, militiamen from New Hampshire and the Maine District are also trying to cross the Merrimack and continue southward towards Boston.

Chaos reigns...

#Newburyport1775

246 years ago NOW..

Panic has set in along most of the Ess*x County towns along the Merrimack River. Fearing an oncoming slaughter at the hands of British Regulars, many residents quickly gather their valuables and fled northwards towards New Hampshire.

In Newburyport, Amesbury, Haverhill, Bradford and Methuen civilians overwhelm the local ferries as they tried to cross the Merrimack River.

At the same time, militiamen from New Hampshire and the Maine District are also trying to cross the Merrimack and continue southward towards Boston.

Chaos reigns...

#Newburyport1775

246 years ago NOW...Residents of the North Parish District of Andover (Present day North Andover) flee to a woodlot know...
04/21/2021

246 years ago NOW...

Residents of the North Parish District of Andover (Present day North Andover) flee to a woodlot known as Den Rock and remain in hiding for at least the rest of the day.

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246 years ago NOW...

Residents of the North Parish District of Andover (Present day North Andover) flee to a woodlot known as Den Rock and remain in hiding for at least the rest of the day.

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246 years ago NOW...The rumors have spread to the Merrimack Valley, and have reached as far as Haverhill and Andover.An ...
04/21/2021

246 years ago NOW...

The rumors have spread to the Merrimack Valley, and have reached as far as Haverhill and Andover.

An early 19th century account of the incident suggests an alarm rider instructed Haverhill residents to “Turn out! Get a musket! Turn out . . . the regulars are landing on Plum Island!”

#Newburyport1775

246 years ago NOW...

The rumors have spread to the Merrimack Valley, and have reached as far as Haverhill and Andover.

An early 19th century account of the incident suggests an alarm rider instructed Haverhill residents to “Turn out! Get a musket! Turn out . . . the regulars are landing on Plum Island!”

#Newburyport1775

246 years ago NOW ...In Newburyport, a Congregationalist minister named Carey was holding a parish meeting when alarm ri...
04/21/2021

246 years ago NOW ...

In Newburyport, a Congregationalist minister named Carey was holding a parish meeting when alarm rider Ebenezer Todd burst into the meeting house and announced “turn out, turn out, for God’s sake or you will be all killed! The regulars are marching on us; they are at Ipswich now, cutting and slashing all before them!”

Image source: Tal Dibner Historic Artist

#Newburyport1775

246 years ago NOW ...

In Newburyport, a Congregationalist minister named Carey was holding a parish meeting when alarm rider Ebenezer Todd burst into the meeting house and announced “turn out, turn out, for God’s sake or you will be all killed! The regulars are marching on us; they are at Ipswich now, cutting and slashing all before them!”

Image source: Tal Dibner Historic Artist

#Newburyport1775

246 years ago NOW...In Newbury, one woman, upon hearing news of a coming British massacre, will flee her homestead in te...
04/21/2021

246 years ago NOW...

In Newbury, one woman, upon hearing news of a coming British massacre, will flee her homestead in terror.

According to a later account, the woman “having run four or five miles, in great trepidation, stopped on the steps of reverend Mr. Noble's meeting house to nurse her child and found to her great horror, that she had brought off the cat and left the child at home.”

#Newburyport1775

246 years ago NOW...

In Newbury, one woman, upon hearing news of a coming British massacre, will flee her homestead in terror.

According to a later account, the woman “having run four or five miles, in great trepidation, stopped on the steps of reverend Mr. Noble's meeting house to nurse her child and found to her great horror, that she had brought off the cat and left the child at home.”

#Newburyport1775

246 years ago NOW...The rumor of a British landing in Ipswich has spread to Rowley, Newbury and Beverly.Residents are st...
04/21/2021

246 years ago NOW...

The rumor of a British landing in Ipswich has spread to Rowley, Newbury and Beverly.

Residents are starting to panic. One Rowley man will "yoke up his oxen and take his own family, and some of his neighbor's children in his cart, drive off to escape the regulars.”

According to one Beverly account, "Almost simultaneously, the people of Beverly were smitten with the same terror. It was then believed that the enemy had fallen upon Ipswich and massacred the inhabitants, without regard to age or s*x."

#Newburyport1775

246 years ago NOW...

The rumor of a British landing in Ipswich has spread to Rowley, Newbury and Beverly.

Residents are starting to panic. One Rowley man will "yoke up his oxen and take his own family, and some of his neighbor's children in his cart, drive off to escape the regulars.”

According to one Beverly account, "Almost simultaneously, the people of Beverly were smitten with the same terror. It was then believed that the enemy had fallen upon Ipswich and massacred the inhabitants, without regard to age or s*x."

#Newburyport1775

246 years ago NOW...A rumor has started somewhere in the outskirts of Ipswich that British regulars have rowed over from...
04/21/2021

246 years ago NOW...

A rumor has started somewhere in the outskirts of Ipswich that British regulars have rowed over from the naval cutter, killed several local residents and are burning the town.

Image Source: Don Troiani

#Newburyport1775

246 years ago NOW...

A rumor has started somewhere in the outskirts of Ipswich that British regulars have rowed over from the naval cutter, killed several local residents and are burning the town.

Image Source: Don Troiani

#Newburyport1775

246 years ago NOW...Ipswich's Alarm List, a military reserve composed of the town's men over 60 years of age, has assemb...
04/21/2021

246 years ago NOW...

Ipswich's Alarm List, a military reserve composed of the town's men over 60 years of age, has assembled and is watching the naval cutter from a nearby hill.

#Newburyport1775

246 years ago NOW...

Ipswich's Alarm List, a military reserve composed of the town's men over 60 years of age, has assembled and is watching the naval cutter from a nearby hill.

#Newburyport1775

246 years ago NOW...A British naval cutter anchors at the mouth of the Ipswich River near the southern end of Plum Islan...
04/21/2021

246 years ago NOW...

A British naval cutter anchors at the mouth of the Ipswich River near the southern end of Plum Island.

The residents of Ipswich are unsure of the vessel's intentions. With most of the men away at the Siege of Boston, they are quickly becoming more and more nervous.

#Newburyport1775

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246 years ago NOW...

A British naval cutter anchors at the mouth of the Ipswich River near the southern end of Plum Island.

The residents of Ipswich are unsure of the vessel's intentions. With most of the men away at the Siege of Boston, they are quickly becoming more and more nervous.

#Newburyport1775

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Two days after the Battles of Lexington and Concord, widespread panic once again set in among the Massachusetts populati...
04/21/2021

Two days after the Battles of Lexington and Concord, widespread panic once again set in among the Massachusetts population.

Known as the “Ipswich Fright”, this psychological phenomenon led to the mass abandonment of homes and the evacuation of North Shore and Merrimack Valley residents into New Hampshire.

Today Untapped History will recount through real time postings the fear and panic that arrived in Ess*x County Massachusetts on April 21, 1775.

#Newburyport1775

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Two days after the Battles of Lexington and Concord, widespread panic once again set in among the Massachusetts population.

Known as the “Ipswich Fright”, this psychological phenomenon led to the mass abandonment of homes and the evacuation of North Shore and Merrimack Valley residents into New Hampshire.

Today Untapped History will recount through real time postings the fear and panic that arrived in Ess*x County Massachusetts on April 21, 1775.

#Newburyport1775

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246 years ago tomorrow, panic will spread across Ess*x County...leading to an en mass flight to escape from a so called ...
04/20/2021

246 years ago tomorrow, panic will spread across Ess*x County...leading to an en mass flight to escape from a so called British invasion.

Join Untapped History tomorrow morning as we resume our "real time postings" and bring you accounts from "The Ipswich Fright".

#VirtualPatriotsDay
#Newburyport1775

246 years ago tomorrow, panic will spread across Ess*x County...leading to an en mass flight to escape from a so called British invasion.

Join Untapped History tomorrow morning as we resume our "real time postings" and bring you accounts from "The Ipswich Fright".

#VirtualPatriotsDay
#Newburyport1775

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