Monday, February 25, 2013

February 29: Boston Neck

   Under the dateline, Cambridge, Massachusetts, February 29, 1776, The New-England Chronicle: Or, The Essex Gazette of February 22-29, 1776 reported, “Last Thursday night [February 29] a party of our men took a Corporal and two privates prisoners, as they were going to relieve the centries on Boston Neck.”
   
Brandies Historian David Hackett Fischer wrote of Boston, Massachusetts in the 1700s, “From the mainland it could be entered only through a narrow gate across the slender isthmus called Boston Neck, or by ferry from Charlestown.  David Hackett Fischer, Paul Revere’s Ride (New York: Oxford University Press, 1994), 10.  The year 1776 was a leap year 
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