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The Minute Boys of Boston   By: (1848-1912)

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THE MINUTE BOYS OF BOSTON

AMERICAN HISTORY STORIES FOR BOYS

THE MINUTE BOY SERIES

By Edward Stratemeyer and James Otis

The Minute Boys of Lexington The Minute Boys of Bunker Hill The Minute Boys of the Green Mountains The Minute Boys of the Mohawk Valley The Minute Boys of the Wyoming Valley

THE MEXICAN WAR SERIES

By Capt. Ralph Bonehill

For the Liberty of Texas With Taylor on the Rio Grande Under Scott in Mexico

DANA ESTES & COMPANY Publishers Estes Press, Summer St., Boston

[Illustration: "AND WE DID CHECK THEM!"]

The Minute Boys of Boston

BY

JAMES OTIS

Author of "The Minute Boys of Long Island," "The Minute Boys of Wyoming Valley," "Boys of '98," "Teddy and Carrots," "Boys of Fort Schuyler," "Under the Liberty Tree," etc., etc.

Illustrated by

L. J. BRIDGMAN

[Illustration]

BOSTON DANA ESTES & COMPANY PUBLISHERS

Copyright, 1910 BY DANA ESTES & COMPANY

All rights reserved

THE MINUTE BOYS OF BOSTON

Electrotyped and Printed by THE COLONIAL PRESS C. H. Simonds & Co., Boston, U.S.A.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I. WHY WE WERE ENROLLED 11

II. RAISING A COMPANY 29

III. THE WAR BEGUN 48

IV. THE PRISONER 71

V. SUSPICIOUS INFORMATION 89

VI. A CLOUDY NIGHT 104

VII. THE SUMMONS 126

VIII. HOG ISLAND 144

IX. ON SPECIAL DUTY 163

X. ON BREED'S HILL 183

XI. THE RETREAT 203

XII. IN BOSTON TOWN 222

XIII. GRAVE DOUBTS 242

XIV. THE SECRET PASSAGE 261

XV. AN AWKWARD CAPTURE 279

XVI. IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS 298

XVII. HIRAM'S VENTURE 316

XVIII. TURNING THE TRICK 334

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

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"AND WE DID CHECK THEM!" (p. 195) Frontispiece

"I COULD HAVE TOSSED MY HAT ABOARD THEIR CRAFT" 27

"I LEAPED THE FENCE" 61

THE ENCAMPMENT AT CAMBRIDGE 83

"THE SECOND FLASH OF LIGHTNING SHOWED ME THIS SCENE" 117

"'WHO SHALL SAY NOW THAT WE HAVEN'T THE RIGHT TO CALL OURSELVES MINUTE BOYS?'" 157

"MASTER LORD HELD UP THE UNSCREENED LANTERN" 229

"'WOULD YOU DO MURDER?'" 282

THE MINUTE BOYS OF BOSTON

CHAPTER I

WHY WE WERE ENROLLED

Archie Hemming is as straight headed a boy as was ever raised in Boston town, and he insists that, while we are seemingly idling our time away here in the Cambridge camp, I ought to set down what small share we lads of Boston have had in beating the lobster backs, for certain it is we have done our share, and no less a man than General Israel Putnam has told us plainly that we have already been of great aid to the Cause.

After such praise as that it would not be strange if we allowed ourselves to be puffed up with pride, more especially because we can recall many a time since a baker's dozen of us took the high sounding name of "Minute Boys of Boston," when we have come off best in a tussle with the king's soldiers or the rascally Tories.

It may seem a matter of surprise to those who have not had a hand in teaching his majesty a long needed lesson, that there should be in this colony of ours, men, and boys too, who could be so evil minded as to do all they might against those who were shedding their blood, or imperilling their lives, to release them from the oppressive yoke of English misrule, but such was, and is, the fact.

During my short life, for I am not yet turned fifteen years, I have been in more danger, and suffered more of hardships from and through Tories, our own neighbors and alleged friends, than ever came my way by the efforts of the red coated soldiers who allowed to whip us off hand, before getting a taste of our metal at Breed's hill I can never bring myself to speak of that battle as having taken place at Bunker hill, for the simple reason that we did not fight there... Continue reading book >>




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