The Real Beginning to the Revolutionary War

Leslie’s Retreat

Painting of Leslie's Retreat at the Old North Street Bridge

America’s first armed conflict in the Revolutionary War. First blood was spilled in the war when a man bared his chest to a Regular and was scraped by a bayonet. Before Lexington and Concord, General Leslie was ordered to secure the cannons which would later end up in Lexington. Salem rallied and raised the Old North Street Bridge and prevented them from crossing. A large group climbed the bridge and taunted the British, even more were coming but they thought it was more important to guard the distillery instead on the way to Salem from Danvers. The stand off came to an end when Salem allowed Leslie to follow out his orders, to cross the bridge. So he did and went back to Boston the way he came.

To find out more read Sub Rosa by Chris Dowgin and find out how Salem shaped American history and your lives!

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