He said he was a Gentlemen and would pay every body. Preston and the Soldiers, procured me Anxiety, and Obloquy enough. They soon rushed through the people, and by charging their bayonets in half-circles, kept them at a little distance. I immediately sent a non-commissioned officer and 12 men to protect both the sentry and the king's money, and very soon followed myself to prevent, if possible, all disorder, fearing lest the officer and soldiers, by the insults and provocations of the rioters, should be thrown off their guard and commit some rash act. Boston Massacre Report Propaganda is a publicity to promote something ie. I remember by what he said or his actions I thought he was offended at being questioned. Three black witnesses, two slaves and a freeman, gave testimony that they did hear any order to fire.
He stood leaning on the dagger in the scabbard. I can't say whether he had a Surtout on, he was dressed in red. He denied telling them to fire. I stood about 10 or 11 feet from the Soldiers, the Captain about the midway between. The colonists are depicted as reacting to the British when in fact they had attacked the soldiers.
Quincy presented many witnesses that presented the case that soldiers acted in self defense. Certain that impartial jurors were nonexistent in Boston, Adams convinced the judge to seat a jury of non-Bostonians. The Captain then left me and went to the Party. A Council was immediately called, on the breaking up of which three justices met and issued a warrant to apprehend me and eight soldiers. I saw Captain Preston out from behind the Soldiers.
While it was not the only instance of unrest and violence before the revolution, the Boston Massacre is often pointed to as the event that presaged the Revolutionary War. On this a general attack was made on the men by a great number of heavy clubs and snowballs being thrown at them, by which all our lives were in imminent danger, some persons at the same time from behind calling out, damn your bloods-why don't you fire. The anti-British fever in Boston was rampant. If Preston were to proceed to trial first, their defense might well be compromised. On that March night, men and boys started throwing rocks, snowballs, and oyster shells at the soldiers on duty, as a rebellion, which caused some soldiers to shoot their guns into the crowd, without being told to do so by their captain, killing 5 and injuring 6.
This plan has since been discovered. Paul Revere turned out an engraving that depicted Captain Preston ordering the troops to fire at point blank range on a defenseless crowd. I saw some Soldiers coming out of the Guard house with their Guns and running down one after another to the Custom house. They were daring them to fire. I was so near the officer when he gave the word fire that I could touch him. This, as I was captain of the day, occasioned my repairing immediately to the main guard.
At the conclusion of the trial, Captain Preston and six of the eight soldiers were acquitted, with the remaining two soldiers found guilty of manslaughter. Worried that bloodshed was inevitable, some colonists reportedly pleaded with the soldiers to hold their fire as others dared them to shoot. They said you Centinel, damned rascally Scoundrel Lobster Son of a Bitch and desired him to turn out. On the other hand, Samuel's second cousin, John Adams, found the verdicts deeply satisfying. On my asking the soldiers why they fired without orders, they said they heard the word fire and supposed it came from me. Found Theodore Bliss talking with the Captain.
Adams and Quincy were able to prevent any Boston resident from serving on this trial's jury. Captain Preston's trial for murder came first. I thought, after the first Gun, the Capt. I thought he press'd my going into the Town house from a concern for my safety. Saw the Centinel standing on the steps of the Custom house, pushing his Bayonet at the People who were about 30 or 40. Was an order to fire actually given , and if so, was it given by commanding officer Captain Thomas Preston? He then told them to fire. I saw one man take a chunk of wood from under his Coat throw it at a Soldier and knocked him.
Theodore Bliss, a witness for the prosecution, had no doubt that he heard Captain Preston give order to fire after the first firing, but had no recollection. James Woodall I saw one Soldier knocked down. Saw the Soldiers planted by the Custom house two deep. Two of his men, and , were found guilty of. Daniel Calef I was present at the firing.
About four or five minutes after they were posted, the snowballs now and them coming towards the soldiers, the Captain commanded them to fire. The teacher should record the facts on the board as they are announced by the students so that they are visible to the entire class. A defense lawyer to the last, Adams negotiated the sentences of Montgomery and Kilroy using and ancient precedent of English law. The Boston Massacre, an event which occurred on March 5th, 1770. The Gun which went off first had scorched the nap of my Surtout at 1 the elbow.