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Evacuation Day Lecture

March 15 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

For our annual celebration of Boston's Evacuation Day, we welcome Historian J. L. Bell to present “Myths and Realities of Henry Knox’s Mission”.

On November 16, 1775, Gen. George Washington gave Henry Knox a mission to travel to New York and bring back cannons for the Continental Army. Knox was a 25-year-old bookseller with no military rank. His trek back to Cambridge has become a beloved part of the American saga. This talk digs deeper into that story, examining such questions as who first had the idea to fetch cannon from Lake Champlain, how Knox had contributed to the Patriot movement, ways weather affected the mission, and if those cannon changed the British army’s plans.

J. L. Bell is the author of /The Road to Concord: How Four Stolen Cannon Ignited the Revolutionary War/. He has given several lectures about Gen. Washington’s work at his Cambridge headquarters.

Space is limited, so please call (617)876-4491 or email reservationsat105@gmail.com to reserve you spot!


March 15
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Longfellow House – Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site
105 Brattle St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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