George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Colonel Timothy Danielson, 31 July 1775

From Colonel Timothy Danielson

Roxbury Camp [Mass.] 31 July 1775.

“Should have deliverd The Substance of The enclosed Petition to you viva Voce, had it not been The Alarm in Camp1 made it Necessary for Me to continue here. This I send by Major Leonard.”2

ALS, MHi: Artemas Ward Papers.

1Writing at Prospect Hill on this date, Lt. Paul Lunt described the previous night’s events: “At ten o’clock another alarm; paraded immediately, marched up to the fort, but were ordered back. This was occasioned by a brisk fire at the lower sentries. The Regulars came out of their fort to drive in our sentries; but all was soon quieted, and [we] were ordered back. Turned in and got to sleep; at one o’clock were alarmed by the cry of ‘Turn out,—for God’s sake, turn out.’ We paraded again and manned our lines, and there remained until after sunrise: the greatest part of the night the air was filled with the roaring of cannon and the cracking of small arms upon all sides. The Riflemen had engaged them upon Charlestown Common from two o’clock till after sunrise, killed a number, recovered five guns, and lost not a man. At the same time they were engaged at Roxbury with small arms. The Regulars set fire to a house and barn in Roxbury, and hove two bomb-shells” (“Lunt’s Book,” description begins “Paul Lunt’s Book.” Proceedings of the Massachusetts Historical Society 12 (1871–73): 192–207. description ends 196–97). It was the George Tavern that was burned in Roxbury. See General Orders, this date, n.2.

2David Leonard served as major of Danielson’s regiment from May to December 1775.

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