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Thursday, March 6, 2008

238th Anniversary

posted by on March 6 at 13:40 PM


Yesterday was the anniversary of the Boston Massacre, when British troops killed 5 colonists during an epithets, snowball, sons of liberty fracas outside the Boston Customs House in 1770.

Rats. I forgot to mark it here on Slog.

Last year, I was in Boston for the big day, and I got to go to a reenactment—and stand outside in the sub zero weather— and drink tea and eat cookies in the custom house after the big show with the actors.

Afterward, high on tea and cookies, I took the T across town.

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Posted by Mr. Poe | March 6, 2008 1:44 PM

Boston's traffic is still shit.

Posted by laterite | March 6, 2008 1:46 PM

Fascinating. And what did you do after that?

What were you wearing? Where did you stay?

Posted by Andrew | March 6, 2008 1:55 PM

that sounds like fun!

Posted by emie d. | March 6, 2008 2:01 PM

I'm sure McCain and his mother are old enough to remember the Boston Massacre taking place.

Posted by apres_moi | March 6, 2008 2:01 PM

I miss Boston

Posted by Peter F | March 6, 2008 2:04 PM

I loved all that stuff growing up.

Henry Knox bringing the cannons through terrible weather from Fort Ticonderoga (from where the defeated Lobsterbacks had withdrawn to Canada in the very early stages of the Revolution), then George Washington hurriedly had them set up on Dorchester Heights -- overlooking Boston Harbor -- forcing the astonished British to evacuate forces, loyalists and fleet or face possible slaughter. I saw that one when I was a kid. March 17th. Evacuation Day. It's coming right up.

All that shit. Bunker Hill, Paul Revere. Lexington and Concord. Love that stuff.

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | March 6, 2008 2:09 PM

Afterward, high on tea and cookies, I took the T across town.

And then you came back to Seattle and realized, "Holy Fuck, our transit sucks ass!"

(not that it's the only thing better about Boston that this post indicates -- cf. Dan's earlier bitch today about rusted signs passing for history.)

Posted by K | March 6, 2008 2:33 PM

@7: Ah, for a world where no one could possibly confuse the town of Concord with a French supersonic plane.

Posted by K | March 6, 2008 2:35 PM

@7: me, too. You can rent a canoe and paddle under "The rude bridge that arched the flood...where once the embattled farmers stood." Also, don't forget Old Ironsides.

Posted by Eric in Boulder | March 6, 2008 2:35 PM

Ah, I'm in good Revolution-era company!

Not a re-enactment, but the Granite Railway was the first chartered railroad in the country...

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | March 6, 2008 2:53 PM

So the colonists thrown rocks and ice ("snowballs") and the soldiers return fire? This is just the sort of propaganda that will pop up in Iraq if we withdraw. It certainly mirrors what we see in Palestine, with children goading soldiers into making them martyrs.

Effin' American Terrorists.

Posted by Mr. Joshua | March 6, 2008 3:58 PM

Afterward, high on cocaine and Jack Daniels, I misled the country into war.

Posted by Cookie W. Monster | March 6, 2008 4:31 PM

Was this the place and time that Crispus Attickus got shot? Yes - I could check it on Google or Wicky - but maybe one you history buffs will oblige with edifying enlightenment.

Posted by RHETT ORACLE | March 6, 2008 5:50 PM

@14, yes.

Posted by Josh Feit | March 6, 2008 5:59 PM

It always surprised me when I lived in Boston that there was no monument or easily visible marker at the site.

@14 and 15: Crispus Attucks, one of the first casualties of the American Revolution, was African-American. But you probably already knew that.

Posted by RainMan | March 6, 2008 7:25 PM

Here's a photo of the Boston Massacre tombstone...

Posted by RHETT ORACLE | March 7, 2008 11:20 AM

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