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Boston Gazette , Description of the Boston Massacre (1770) The Boston Massacre took place on March 5, 1770, and was covered in detail by the Boston Gazette . British troops had been stationed in the city since late 1768 to protect British customs officers, and tensions between the soldiers and citizens of Boston had been building. The resulting clash between a group of citizens and soldiers on March 5 resulted in five civilian deaths, the removal of British troops from Boston, and trials for some of the soldiers involved. (Ultimately, five were acquitted, and two were convicted of manslaughter). The Boston Massacre became a crucial element in anti-British propaganda in the colonies. . . . On the evening of Monday, being the fifth current, several soldiers of the 29th Regiment were seen parading the streets with their drawn cutlasses and bayonets, abusing and wounding numbers of the inhabitants. A few minutes after nine o'clock four youths, named Edward Archbald, William Merchant, Francis Archbald, and John Leech, jun., came down Cornhill together, and separating at Doctor Loring's corner, the two former were passing the narrow alley leading to Murray's barrack in which was a soldier brandishing a broad sword of an

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