Last Evening between 8 & 9 oClock a Party of the Provincials cross’d the Dam at Charlestown & set fire to a few Houses that remain’d at the upper End of it & afterw’ds carried off a Serjeant & about 10 Men without any Loss.This is a small but fascinating incident during the siege that I narrated back in 2008. As I wrote then, New Englanders timing an attack to disrupt the British officers’ theatricals in Faneuil Hall (shown above) seemed like too good a story to be true, but I kept finding first-hand accounts. In fact, the only major detail I think a Hollywood scriptwriter would change is that Gen. John Burgoyne was no longer in town to see his farce turned into a, well, farce.
It is worthy of Note, that the above happen’d just as the Curtain was drawn for acting a farce called “the Blockade of Boston;” which was adjourned by the Report of the Actack of Charlestown.
In another way, though, the amateur performers did have the last laugh. According to merchant John Rowe’s diary (also held by the M.H.S.), the British officers and their ladies finished performing The Blockade of Boston on 22 January along with Tamburlane, and on 23 February presented The Wonder of Wonders.
TOMORROW: Gen. Howe makes a decision.