Tag Archives: boston massacre

History doesn’t always have to be written by the victors

On 5th March 1770 outside the customs house on King’s Street, Boston, Private Hugh White was talking to some off-duty comrades when a passing Bostonian made a crack about the British soldier’s commanding officer – prompting Pvt White to clock the civilian across the side of the head. The off-duty soldiers made themselves scarce, leaving the private to deal with the fast-growing ring of angry Bostonians that soon surrounded him. White backed up against the custom house door – gun raised out of fear of what might happen next. The growing crowd heckled him, daring him to shoot.

Up the street, Captain Preston, commander of the custom house garrison, watched events unfold. The Captain was hoping that the situation would resolve itself naturally but soon the church bells started tolling and more men, many armed with clubs, started showing up and Preston knew it was high-time that he went to get his man. He led a corporal and six privates through the crowd, now numbering 300-400 strong, towards Private White but rather than just pulling the soldier out from the situation he ordered his men to form a semi-circle around him while facing the crowd, guns unfortunately loaded.

Posted in Op-eds | Also tagged and | 6 Comments
Advert



Recent Comments

  • User AvatarAlex Macfie 12th Nov - 1:20pm
    Jeff / Mack: Democracy means that democratic mandates can be challenged and replaced at any time. Every mandate replaces a previous one. Campaigning to replace...
  • User AvatarPeter Martin 12th Nov - 1:09pm
    "Their plan to renegotiate a deal is yet more evidence that they (Labour) are a Brexit party." ??? The disadvantage for any party proposing to...
  • User Avatarlloyd harris 12th Nov - 12:55pm
    Thank you for shedding a light on yet another part of forgotten history
  • User AvatarPeter Martin 12th Nov - 12:31pm
    If "the UK has been at the bottom of the G7 growth rates" and this "remains true today in 2019", how is it that Germany...
  • User AvatarDavid Evans 12th Nov - 12:15pm
    Alex, I think you are right when you say 'There was no majority for a PV in the last Parliament.' However, I think you are...
  • User Avatarnvelope2003 12th Nov - 12:08pm
    And if they had not promised to revoke the vote to leave they would have lost more votes from the remainers than the leavers. The...