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246 years ago TODAY...Residents of Newburyport and the surrounding communities will hear a low, continuous rumble. Think...
06/17/2021

246 years ago TODAY...

Residents of Newburyport and the surrounding communities will hear a low, continuous rumble. Thinking there is a coming storm, they will look to the sky, only to see no storm clouds. Instead, what the residents are hearing is British artillery firing on an American redoubt positioned on a hill in Charlestown, Massachusetts.

As the Battle of Bunker Hill rages, residents from Amesbury, Andover and Bradford will scramble to nearby hilltops to watch the battle unfold.

Inside the redoubt, hundreds of Merrimack Valley men, including those from Andover, Methuen, Bradford, Haverhill, Amesbury (including modern day Merrimac) and Salisbury are part of Colonel James Frye's Battalion and are engaged in a desperate fight with the enemy.

After two assaults, His majesty's forces are driven back in defeat.

A third frontal attack is ordered. Low on ammunition, the Americans are forced to abandon Breed's Hill and retreat. It is a costly victory for the British. At the end of the battle, 268 British soldiers and officers had been killed; another 828 were wounded.

The Americans also suffered heavy casualties with 115 killed and 305 wounded.

On June 21, 1775, Jeremiah Bromfield of Newburyport wrote to Jeremiah Powell to describe the bloody engagement.

According to Bromfield:
"It seems a body of our men ( the number uncertain say, from 500 to 1000 men) fryday last took possesion of Bunkers Hill entrench'd that night & the next Morning got up five pieces of artillery. Mr. Cartwright was on the Hill. Saterday morning& says the men work'd exceeding hard all Night& no refreshment had been sent them of any kind. that they were almost suffocated with Dust & Choak'd for want of liquor. they expected to have been releav'd early in the Morning, but no releafe came in & to add to their Distresses they found the Regulars prepareing to pay them a visit & the Boats hurrying about with great velocity -- Immediate Notice was sent to Head Quarters that our Enemies were in motion -- General Ward order'd without delay several Regiments down to their Assistance & the two Companies belonging to this Town among the Rest viz. Messrs. Lunt's & Perkins's as the latter recd. orders first he march'd down with all possible expedition & found they Regulars had landed & our People on the Hill actually engag'd -- Nevertheless he bravely march'd to their Assistance, & was of eminent Service. he fir'd away all his cartridges & haveing some loose powder in his Pocket. he was oblig'd to strip & tare off some part of his shirt to make wadding of. & when he had fir'd away all his Powder. he retreated -- without hat or wigg, & almost Naked -- Stephen Jenkins behav'd with equal Valor -- & got himself much honor, as did Lieut. Whittemore who got a flesh wound in thigh. Another man in the same company kill'd two Regulars at one Shott. they were both in pursuit of one of one of our Men to take him Prisoner. but death Instantly seized them -- Two are kill'd out of Perkins'sCompany & Nine wounded (not Dangerously) the Name of one kill'd is Norton. I can't learn who the other is -- Lunt's company did not get up time enough to do much ex*****on & retreated again haveing only one man wounded -- Mr. Little of Turky Hill ( who I have heard is lately made a Colo.) show'd great courage & march'd with those under his Command thro' two Regiments of our men who were looking on at a distance but were affraid to advance. He set them an example it seems which they did not chuse to follow -- he proceeded 'till he found our people retreating from the Hill. being overpower'd by numbers -- he cover'd their retreat & got off -- without much loss -- he narrowly escap'd with his Life. as two men were kill'd one on each side of him & he came to the camp all bespatterd with Blood -- Major [illegible] was order'd also to Charlestown with a Reinforcement but he no sooner came in sight of the Enemy than a tremor seiz'd him & he began to Bellow -- Retreat. Retreat or You'l all be cutt off. which so confus'd & scar'd our men; that they retreated most precipitately. & our soldiery now Sware vengeance against him & determine not to be under his comm -- We are not yet able to ascertain the Number of the Enemy -- that landed at Charlestown. the Acco't are from 3 to 6000 -- the Number kill'd of them is also Uncertain, some say five times the Numbr. kill'd of our men, & that ye number kill'd & wounded of the Provincials don't exceed 100 -- which falls far short of the Number reported at Kensington. Thank Heavn. for it --"

246 years ago TODAY...

Residents of Newburyport and the surrounding communities will hear a low, continuous rumble. Thinking there is a coming storm, they will look to the sky, only to see no storm clouds. Instead, what the residents are hearing is British artillery firing on an American redoubt positioned on a hill in Charlestown, Massachusetts.

As the Battle of Bunker Hill rages, residents from Amesbury, Andover and Bradford will scramble to nearby hilltops to watch the battle unfold.

Inside the redoubt, hundreds of Merrimack Valley men, including those from Andover, Methuen, Bradford, Haverhill, Amesbury (including modern day Merrimac) and Salisbury are part of Colonel James Frye's Battalion and are engaged in a desperate fight with the enemy.

After two assaults, His majesty's forces are driven back in defeat.

A third frontal attack is ordered. Low on ammunition, the Americans are forced to abandon Breed's Hill and retreat. It is a costly victory for the British. At the end of the battle, 268 British soldiers and officers had been killed; another 828 were wounded.

The Americans also suffered heavy casualties with 115 killed and 305 wounded.

On June 21, 1775, Jeremiah Bromfield of Newburyport wrote to Jeremiah Powell to describe the bloody engagement.

According to Bromfield:
"It seems a body of our men ( the number uncertain say, from 500 to 1000 men) fryday last took possesion of Bunkers Hill entrench'd that night & the next Morning got up five pieces of artillery. Mr. Cartwright was on the Hill. Saterday morning& says the men work'd exceeding hard all Night& no refreshment had been sent them of any kind. that they were almost suffocated with Dust & Choak'd for want of liquor. they expected to have been releav'd early in the Morning, but no releafe came in & to add to their Distresses they found the Regulars prepareing to pay them a visit & the Boats hurrying about with great velocity -- Immediate Notice was sent to Head Quarters that our Enemies were in motion -- General Ward order'd without delay several Regiments down to their Assistance & the two Companies belonging to this Town among the Rest viz. Messrs. Lunt's & Perkins's as the latter recd. orders first he march'd down with all possible expedition & found they Regulars had landed & our People on the Hill actually engag'd -- Nevertheless he bravely march'd to their Assistance, & was of eminent Service. he fir'd away all his cartridges & haveing some loose powder in his Pocket. he was oblig'd to strip & tare off some part of his shirt to make wadding of. & when he had fir'd away all his Powder. he retreated -- without hat or wigg, & almost Naked -- Stephen Jenkins behav'd with equal Valor -- & got himself much honor, as did Lieut. Whittemore who got a flesh wound in thigh. Another man in the same company kill'd two Regulars at one Shott. they were both in pursuit of one of one of our Men to take him Prisoner. but death Instantly seized them -- Two are kill'd out of Perkins'sCompany & Nine wounded (not Dangerously) the Name of one kill'd is Norton. I can't learn who the other is -- Lunt's company did not get up time enough to do much ex*****on & retreated again haveing only one man wounded -- Mr. Little of Turky Hill ( who I have heard is lately made a Colo.) show'd great courage & march'd with those under his Command thro' two Regiments of our men who were looking on at a distance but were affraid to advance. He set them an example it seems which they did not chuse to follow -- he proceeded 'till he found our people retreating from the Hill. being overpower'd by numbers -- he cover'd their retreat & got off -- without much loss -- he narrowly escap'd with his Life. as two men were kill'd one on each side of him & he came to the camp all bespatterd with Blood -- Major [illegible] was order'd also to Charlestown with a Reinforcement but he no sooner came in sight of the Enemy than a tremor seiz'd him & he began to Bellow -- Retreat. Retreat or You'l all be cutt off. which so confus'd & scar'd our men; that they retreated most precipitately. & our soldiery now Sware vengeance against him & determine not to be under his comm -- We are not yet able to ascertain the Number of the Enemy -- that landed at Charlestown. the Acco't are from 3 to 6000 -- the Number kill'd of them is also Uncertain, some say five times the Numbr. kill'd of our men, & that ye number kill'd & wounded of the Provincials don't exceed 100 -- which falls far short of the Number reported at Kensington. Thank Heavn. for it --"

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!

untappedhistory.com

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!

untappedhistory.com

Interested in learning more on the Ipswich Fright and the impact it had on the residents of Essex 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 Essex 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 Essex 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 Essex County are false.

Relieved, Essex 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 Essex County are false.

Relieved, Essex 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 Essex 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 Essex 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 Essex County continue to pour into New Hampshire.According to one early ...
04/21/2021

246 years ago NOW...

The frightened residents of Essex 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 Essex 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.Essex County residents are now turning against one another in ...
04/21/2021

246 years ago NOW...

By now the panic has reached Cape Ann.

Essex 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.

Essex 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

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