On March 4, 1770, Bostonians awoke to the find the city plastered with convincing forgeries of orders laying out a massive attack on the townspeople of Boston "signed" by prominent British soldiers. Adams's men had been up late hanging the signs throughout the city. Tensions were coming to a boil. The next day, young boys began to throw snowballs at the British sentry on King's Street. The sentry dismissed the boys, but they soon returned at the head of a mob of scores of angry men–some armed with clubs, ice, and farm tools. Leading the crowd were some of Boston's best-known redcoat-beaters: Crispus Attucks, Samuel Gray, James Caldwell, and Patrick Carr. Seeing the men, the sentry summoned more troops for reinforcement. Church bells began to ring, summoning men to the scene from around Boston. The British soldiers showed remarkable resolve as they were pelted with snowballs, rocks, and garbage.
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This note was uploaded on 12/12/2011 for the course HIST 1320 taught by Professor Murphy during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.