J. L. BELL is a Massachusetts writer who specializes in (among other things) the start of the American Revolution in and around Boston. He is particularly interested in the experiences of children in 1765-75. He has published scholarly papers and popular articles for both children and adults. He was consultant for an episode of History Detectives, and contributed to a display at Minute Man National Historic Park.

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Sunday, April 06, 2008

Weather Permitting

The Westford Historical Society has sent out an announcement about a program on Thursday, 10 April, at 7:30 P.M.:

Weather historian and reenactor John Horrigan will retrace the “Knox Cannon Trail,” the historic military expedition that helped free Boston from British occupation during the Revolutionary War. He will present a slide show about the amazing engineering feat of Henry and William Knox, whose men and oxen dragged 59 cannons 300 miles in 56 days in 1775 and 1776, culminating in a clandestine battery placement at Dorchester Heights overlooking Boston Harbor. This forced the British to evacuate Boston on March 17th, 1776.

Mr. Horrigan will also discuss the favorable weather conditions encountered during the operation, a massive blizzard that barely missed Boston in January of 1776 (but gave Quebec twenty-foot snowdrifts!) and a freak gullywasher that hit early on March 6th and thwarted a planned British counter-attack on Dorchester Heights.
Mr. Horrigan will speak at the Westford Museum at 2 Boston Road. This program is not only free to the public, but refreshments will be served.

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