Friday, April 19, 2024

On this day in 1775

On April 19, 1775, British forces were returning to Boston from the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the opening engagements of the war. On their march they were continually shot at by American militiamen.

Whittemore was in his fields when he spotted an approaching British relief brigade under Earl Percy, sent to assist the retreat. Whittemore loaded his musket and ambushed the British grenadiers of the 47th Regiment of Foot from behind a nearby stone wall, killing one soldier. He then drew his dueling pistols, killed a second grenadier and mortally wounded a third. By the time Whittemore had fired his third shot, a British detachment had reached his position; Whittemore drew his sword and attacked.[7] He was subsequently shot in the face, bayoneted numerous times, and left for dead in a pool of blood. He was found by colonial forces, trying to load his musket to resume the fight. He was taken to Dr. Cotton Tufts of Medford, who perceived no hope for his survival. However, Whittemore recovered and lived another 18 years until dying of natural causes at the age of 98.


Phelps said...

Literally all of the other evidence is that he was 96 when he died, and therefore 76 when he fought in Lexington and Concord, not 78.

I mean, this would have been impressive if he was 78, but this is just everyday shit for a 76 year old.

(FWIW, the People In Charge of the monument know it is wrong, but it has been wrong for so long that changing it would be changing history in a different way.)

Fat Electrician has a fantastic video him. Bastard had literally over 100 kids and grandkids when he was wounded, and it was the third war he fought in. The pistols and sword were all war trophies from other poor bastards he ended.

favill said...

The original "American Badass"