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A Historical Perspective-Part 1

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by mac66, Jan 16, 2013.

  1. mac66

    mac66 Huge Member Millennium Member

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    I am the history program coordinator for the Appleseed Project www.appleseedinfo.org in my state. I thought many people might find the historical perspective of how and why the second amendment came about and the significance of marksmanship as part of our heritage interesting.

    Let me know what you think....

    In September of 1774, a company of British troops crossed the back bay by boat from Boston to Cambridge in the middle of night. By early morning they had arrived at the Massachusetts Provisional Powder house. The powder house was a stone silo type structure used as a powder magazine to house the black powder used by the surrounding communities. They were let in by the local sheriff and subsequently confiscated 250 half barrels of powder belonging to the Massachusetts colony.

    The redcoats marched back through Cambridge drawing the attention of the locals who spread the word "the powder raids have begun." The locals were so outraged at this raid that nearly four thousand assembled. They took the sheriff hostage and made him write notice that he would never help the red coats again. They rampaged through the Tory/loyalist section of town and ran the most prominent of them out of town, never to return.

    It was only the intervention of local patriot leaders who kept the mob from marching to Boston and confronting the army stationed there.

    This raid did two things. It confirmed the fear of the colonists that the Regulars (what they called the army) could and would raid and confiscate arms. The second thing it did was motivate colonial leaders such as Paul Revere and Dr. Joseph Warren to set up a network of citizens to keep an eye on the troops in Boston for any indication of them mobilizing for future raids.

    The early warning system and subsequent alert notification system developed by Revere and Warren would be tested in the coming months.

    End of Part One.
     
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    So what is our modern day warning system? Facebook and Twitter?
     

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    That's no good. Remember that in the last year Congress gave the President the Kill-Switch for the internet. They will kill the internet before a big move is made.
     
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    As a result of the Boston Tea Party, the Parliament had passed a series of laws in 1773 to bring the colonies under control. These laws were called "The Coercive Acts" and did exactly what they meant, to coerce the colonies into submission.The colonists didn't hear about the Coercive Act until 1774 and by then started referring to them as the "Intolerable Acts".

    The Coercive Acts banned free speech. Troops raided newspapers and smashed or confiscated printing presses.They did away with local control of towns, cities, counties and colonies. It removed local judges. A person could now be held without warrant and sent back to England to be judged for any crime the crown could think up.

    Under the Coercive Acts, militias were banned as was military type training. Importation of black powder and muskets was stopped.

    In December of 1774, General Thomas Gage, commander of all British forces in north America and military governor of Massachusetts ordered another raid. This time the plan was to send a ship load of troops up to New Hampshire to secure the powder and weapons stored at an outpost called Fort William and Mary. The fort was manned by an officer and a small number of regulars.

    Paul Revere's intelligence network, called "The Mechanics" because the were all tradesmen, notified him and he made the long ride to the fort in a snowstorm. He contacted the local militia, which was now outlawed and they gathered 250 men and stormed the fort. Shots were fired, people were wounded but no one was killed. The fort was taken and the militia relieved the fort of powder, muskets and small artillery pieces. The militia melted back into the country side.

    The governor of New Hampshire was outraged. He sent a message to Gen. Gage telling him of the armed insurrection. The ship load of soldiers had been delayed because of a snow squall and didn't make it for another day. To add insult to injury the ship was run aground by the harbor pilot.

    The score was now the Regulars 1, Colonists 1. The next raid wouldn't be tried for another couple months.
     
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    If anyone is interested in this I will keep going. If not I will stop.
     
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    Bring it. I like history.
     
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    This is very interesting, particularly since I grew up in NH. There's a lot of history and monuments to history in the NE that most people will never get to appreciate in their lifetime.

    ETA: I just realized, after trying to find where this was located, that I have in fact visited this site. It was over 10 years ago, so I did not recall the name of the fort.
     
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    That would only signal the red light to us ! When things change , you change ! Prepare , NOW !
     
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    Not forgotten , but learned , analyzed , scrutinized and learn what caused the "Great Fail" of things gone by!

    Repeated better and is now our turn to learn..!