Riot Breaks Loose By Customs House!
BOSTON, MA – A few british soldiers were protecting the british sentinel. Some colonists started joining together one by one and throwing snowballs, sticks and stones at the British soldiers. March 5, 1777 is when this all happened. Someone in the commotion yelled or thought someone yelled “fire” and shot which lead to even more bullets fired. 3 died right away, the first, black sailor, Crispus Attucks, Rope Maker, Samuel Gray and a mariner named James Caldwell. 8 found wounded and 2 of them died later.
A meeting was called to put the british soldiers and Captain Preston on trial for murder. At the trial only 2 men would defend the British. They were John Adams and Josiah Quincy II. All of the british soldiers were realeased except two of them, they were found guilty of manslaughter. John Adams did a great job defending the soldiers.
“The part I took in defense of Captain Preston and the Soldiers, procured me Anxiety, and Obloquy enough. it was one of the most gallant, generous, manly and disinterested actions of my whole life and one of the best peices of services i have ever done in my life…” -John Adams.
After the shootings the crowd dispersed. Many colonists were very angry at the soldiers.
“I want them dead!” said a colonist. Many colonists want revenge.
“They shouldn’t have been so loud and obnoxious, they were throwing things that could have severely hurt us, we fired in an act of defense,” said one British soldier.