James McGregore. McGregore arrived in the American Army's camp shortly after the Battle of Breeds Hill, and shortly thereafter obtained a letter from the provincial congress appointing him as the adjutant of Colonel James Reed's 3rd NH Regiment.
A Break in the Action
The Americans and British around and in Boston in the last weeks of June and early July of 1775 needed some time to take stock, bury the dead, heal the wounded, and determine what to do next. During the aftermath of the Battle of Breeds Hill, there was no other place on Earth where sorrow…
242 years ago on June 17, 1775, Charlestown was set ablaze to drive out three companies of American militia. At the outset of the Battle of Breeds Hill, these militiamen had taken positions on the north side the town. As the ranks of redcoats marched up the slope of Breeds Hill to Warren's Redoubt the militiamen and fired into their ranks, likely taking a hundred or more out of the battle before the main action got started. Imagine you are in the militia with these men.
Mapping the Path Taken 240 Years Ago
When I started researching Isaac Frye, I had the easy-to-say idea of tracing his path on a map as he made his way through the American Revolution. So, how can you really know where someone walked, slept, or rode two hundred and forty years ago? In truth, most of the time you cannot. As I…
New Letters Uncovered
In The War has Begun, I include transcripts from the two letters my family has preserved. One is from Isaac to his wife, Elizabeth, in 1775, and the other from Elizabeth late in 1776. I spent hours thinking about the story between the lines of these letters, and am grateful my cousin found these in the attic of Isaac's house in the 1990s. Fast forward to this past Monday evening. I was having dinner in North Hampton with my uncle and cousin, celebrating getting the book published. My uncle asked to get scans of the two letters so he could share with others in the family. Last night we learned the steamer trunk where the two letters were found also had five more documents!