When reenacting or acting as a historical interpreter, its good to have a few historical dates and stories to share. This series will publish a few.
October 18, 1775 Falmouth Burnt.
After the march on Lexington, the British in Boston were cut off from the land and their only means of supplies was by sea. British Vice-Admiral Samuel Graves dispatched ships up and down the coast to purchase supplies. Many communities, however, refused to do business with the British and many even engaged in armed rebellion. In response to these attacks, Admiral Graves authorized an expedition of retribution against the coastal towns. On October 16, he reached Falmouth (now Maine), the same town which had captured him and held him hostage several months before. The fleet began bombarding the town around 9:30 in the morning and did not stop until 6:00 that evening. When the bombardment stopped, a landing party set fire to buildings that hadn’t been damaged.
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