A Writer's Journey

March 9, 2015

Historical Crushes

Filed under: off topic — mackenziew @ 12:00 pm
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Time for more history! Are you excited? I bet you are.

So, who caught Sons of Liberty? I know, I know. It was horribly inaccurate. And it seemed to be made by Sam Adams’ PR team despite the man being dead for a couple centuries. But it was entertaining with a cast of pretty. I mean, take a look:

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Hot damn.

Ahem.

Yes, historical crushes. If you love history, you have one. That person you constantly read about. The one you go on about. Who you have a pinterest board dedicated to. (What?) Who, if time travel were possible, you would marry. Or become their best friend. Whatever works.

So, do I have historical crushes? Of course I do! Especially after some of the History Channel programming leading up to Sons of Liberty. For example, their specials highlighting some of the people the history books overlook. Which really introduced me to Dr. Joseph Warren.

Yes, Dr. Joseph Warren. The hero of Bunker Hill who has become just another name in a textbook. It’s a shame. Why? Because he’s awesome.

Let’s take a look why.

Warren was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts to prominent farmer, who died while Warren was still young. Warren attended Harvard and was a teacher for some time. He then attended medical school and became a doctor. Around the same time, he married his first wife, Elizabeth Hooten. They had four children before her death in 1772.

Warren had a medical practice in Boston. There, he joined a masonic lodge and became involved with politics. Especially with the Sons of Liberty, associating with future founding fathers Sam Adams and John Hancock—amongst others. He also starts writing political pamphlets under the pseudonym “A True Patriot.” He continued writing even when royal representatives tried to put his publishers’ on trial. No jury would convict them.

As the colonists protested taxes, things in Boston got more tense. An angry mob formed and stormed the house of a man working for the British, Ebenezer Richardson. They threw rocks at his house and one hit his wife. He shot into the crowd to get them to disperse, hitting young Christopher Seider in the process. Warren tried to save the boy, but he succumbed to his wounds.

The next month, an angry mob heckled several British soldiers. These soldiers ended up firing on the crowd, killing five. We all know this incident as the Boston Massacre. Warren was part of the commission formed to investigate what happened.

As time went on, Warren played larger roles in Boston’s growing struggle with the British. He served on the Committee of Correspondence, set up by the colonists that essential became a form of government set against the British. Warren even drafted the colonies’ response to the Intolerable Acts.

His position in the colonial government served him well in April 1775. It was known that General Gage was going to send troops up to Concord to destroy the colonists’ stores of weapons and gunpowder. There was also a chance that they would arrest Warren’s fellow Sons of Liberty John Hancock and Sam Adams. Warren sent William Dawes and Paul Revere riding through the countryside to warn the others.

Warren then also slipped out of Boston to join the fighting that broke at Concord and Lexington. He led an attack on British troops returning to Boston, almost costing him his life. His mother wasn’t too please with that and I can imagine his fiancée, Mercy Scollay, wasn’t either. But Warren insisted on fighting, despite concerns for his welfare.

In June of 1775, he was given the rank of Major General. Warren reported to where the colonial militia was fortifying the city and ended up on Breed’s Hill. There, he met his death in the Battle of Bunker’s Hill. His body was desecrated by the British and he was tossed in a shallow grave with another body. Months later, he was dug up and identified by Paul Revere. He was given a proper funeral and is now buried with the rest of his family.

(In light of Sons of Liberty, it should be noted that while Warren was shot on purpose at the battle, it was not by General Gage).

Warren became a martyr for the Patriot cause. People were galvanized by his death. His name lives on not only in history books, but in the streets, cities and counties named after him.

He was a true American hero. Someone who deserves to be more than a footnote in most history books. He worked hard and stood up for what he believed in, to the point of sacrificing his life.

No wonder I have a history crush on him.

I’ll be posting about more of my history crushes. So keep an eye out for them!

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