The Siege of Boston: Eyewitness Accounts from the Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society

Eyewitness Accounts from the Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society

Eyewitness Accounts Arranged by Date of Document

15-26 April 1775 Deming (Resident).
See: Sarah Winslow Deming journal, 1775

22 April 1775 Boston freeholders and inhabitants (Resident).
See: Boston town meeting minutes, 22 April 1775

23 April 1775 Eliot (Minister).
See: Letter from Andrew Eliot to his son, 23 April 1775

25 April and 31 May 1775 Eliot (Minister).
See: Letter from Andrew Eliot to Thomas B. Hollis (copy), 25 April 1775 and letter from Andrew Eliot to unidentified recipient (draft), 31 May 1775

1 May 1775 Graves (Soldier).
See: Pass issued on behalf of Rear Admiral Samuel Graves to Henry Howell Williams allowing access to Noddles Island, 1 May 1775

6 May 1775 Andrews (Merchant).
See: Letter from John Andrews to William Barrell, 6 May 1775

15 May 1775 - 3 September 1775 Ober (Soldier).
See: Nathaniel Ober diary, 15 May - 3 September 1775, with accounts and notes, 1776-1781

19 May 1775 - 17 March 1776 Adams (Member of Continental Congress).
See: Letter from Samuel Adams to Samuel Purviance, 19 May 1775

19 May 1775 - 17 March 1776 Cheever (Merchant).
See: William Cheever diary, 1775-1776

30 May 1775 Doolittle (Soldier).
See: Orders to take cattle issued by Col. Ephraim Doolittle to Capt. Nathan Fuller (copy), 30 May 1775

1 June 1775 Andrews (Merchant).
See: Letter from John Andrews to William Barrell, 1 June 1775

19 June 1775 - 3 October 1775 Edes (Resident).
See: Peter Edes diary, June-October 1775

13 November 1775 Harrison (Soldier).
See: Letter from Robert Harrison to Loammi Baldwin, 13 November 1775

1776 Unidentified (Unidentified).
See: Manuscript map of Boston and Boston Harbor, 1776

1776 Williams, R (Soldier).
See: A Plan of Boston, and its Environs shewing the true Situation of His Majesty's Army

1 January 1776-17 March 1776 Bangs (Soldier).
See: Isaac Bangs journal, 1776

30 January 1776 - 17 March 1776 Brown (Soldier).
See: Obadiah Brown diary, 1776-1777

11 February 1776 Unidentified woman (Resident).
See: Poem about British by an American Lady, 11 Feb. [1776]

9 March 1776 Thomas (Soldier).
See: Letter from Gen. John Thomas to Hannah Thomas, 9 March 1776

17 April 1776 Burbeck (Soldier).
See: Statement of William Burbeck certifying that he received help from Henry Howell Williams in April 1775, written on 17 April 1776

7 May 1776 Green (Resident).
See: Estimate of damages done during Siege, list by Jonathan Green, 7 May 1776

7 May 1776 Green (Resident).
See: Account of damages done during Siege to Jonathan Green, [7 May 1776]

6 July 1776 Jackson (Merchant).
See: Letter from William Jackson to the Continental Congress, 6 July 1776

1777 Unidentified (Unidentified).
See: A Plan of Boston in New England with its Environs, including Milton, Dorchester, Roxbury, Brooklin [sic], Cambridge, Medford, Charlestown, Parts of Malden and Chelsea, with the Military Works Constructed in those Places in the Years 1775 and 1776

20 March 1786 Gill (Soldier).
See: Statement of Moses Gill certifying that the horses taken from Noddles Island in 1775 were turned over to those in charge of supplies for American troops, 20 March 1786

probably 1787 Gill (Soldier).
See: Statement of Moses Gill certifying that the horses, cattle, and sheep removed from Noddles Island in June 1775 were used for the benefit of American troops, undated

19 March 1787 Williams, H. H. (Resident).
See: List of items belonging to Henry Howell Williams destroyed in 1775, 10 March 1787

1 April 1787 Flint (State official).
See: Statement of Royal Flint certifying the status of Mr. Henry Howell Williams's claim regarding his property on Noddles Island in June 1775, written on 1 April 1787

14 February 1792 State committee (State committee).
See: Report of the committee appointed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to consider the petition of Henry Howell Williams, 14 February 1792