40,000 to 80,000 Men in Arms On Their Way To Boston

Chapter five is one of my favorites in T.H. Breen’s American Insurgents, American Patriots. It’s titled “The Power of Rumor: The Day the British Destroyed Boston” and focuses on “a frightening rumor that triggered an equally frightening response.”  Below are excerpts from the September 16 and 23, 1774, issues of the New Hampshire Gazette that report 40,000 to 80,000 men in arms who mobilized upon learning the rumored bombardment of Boston.

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