In October of 1768 the British government sent troops to quell the unrest that had been rising since the passage of the Townshend Acts. Boston was a town of about 16,000 residents and the arrival of 2,000 soldiers did not calm tensions but rather marked an escalation that would eventually lead to the Boston Massacre. A reenactment of the arrival of the troops in Boston Harbor, their parade through Boston, and encampment on the Common will be reenacted this October. A tentative itinerary is listed below; stay tuned for updates!
9:00 am: British Troops land at Long Wharf
9:30 am: Salute to King George III at the Old State House
10:00 am: Troops arrive at Faneuil Hall
10:30 am: Troops welcomed at the Reviewing Stand–Downtown Crossing
11:15 am: Troops arrive on Boston Common
From 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm: British Soldiers patrol Downtown Boston and occupy Boston Common