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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Saturday, May 09, 2009

Fires Big and Small

On Tuesday, 12 May, the Lincoln Minute Men will host a slide show and lecture by John Horrigan on “Great Fires of the American Revolution.”

Among the New England towns he’ll talk about are Concord, scorched a little during the army raid on 19 Apr 1775; Charlestown destroyed during the Battle of Bunker Hill; what’s now Falmouth, Maine, under attack by the Royal Navy in October 1775; and New London, Connecticut, burned during Gen. Benedict Arnold’s 1781 attack. Outside the region he’ll visit Norfolk, Charleston, and New York. Most of those fires were deliberately set since flame was the eighteenth century’s most potent weapon.

This free event will take place in Bemis Hall at 15 Bedford Road in Lincoln, starting at 7:30 P.M.

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