BRIDGING WRITERS AUTHOR SERIES PRESENTS
Monday, February 6, 2017
6:30 – 8:00 PM
Thayer Memorial Library
John Bell – The Road to Concord
J. L. Bell is a writer from Newton specializing in the start of the American Revolution. He shares his work and other Revolutionary news through daily updates on his blog, http://boston1775.blogspot.com/
John has published numerous articles about the Boston Massacre, the experiences of children in the ten years before the war, and related topics. He has also written a book-length study of Gen. George Washington’s work in Cambridge for the National Park Service. He is an associate editor of the Journal of the American Revolution and assistant editor of the Colonial Comics series.
The Road to Concord is a new look at the start of the Revolutionary War, tracing the genesis of the fateful British march in April 1775 to little-known events of the preceding September. In that month a militia uprising in the Massachusetts countryside set off an “arms race” for artillery. Men on each side of the conflict grabbed any cannon they could find in shore batteries, ships, and merchants’ stores. In the most daring action, Bostonians stole four small cannons from militia armories under redcoat guard, hid them in a public school, smuggled them into the countryside, and eventually moved them to Concord—where a spy located them for the royal governor. The Road to Concord is the first book to tell the full story of those cannon.