Monday, August 31, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
I didn't either! We were headed just south of Portland to spend a fun day with family and stopped for lunch at Old Orchard Beach.
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
In October of 1808, Dearborn ordered a company of soldiers to occupy the fort and instructed them to do whatever was necessary to enforce the Embargo Act against embargo-breaking ships. The embargo was finally lifted in March of 1809.
In addition, various units manned Fort Preble during the War of 1812. Among them were elements of the Regiment of Light Artillery, the 21st, 33rd, and 34th Regiments of Infantry, as well as U.S. Volunteers — and in times of crisis local militia. When Winfield Scott and other American soldiers returned from British imprisonment in Quebec, they were landed at Fort Preble. Many of them were emaciated and ill, and some died at this post's hospital.
The fort remained manned through the Civil War, World War I and World War II. It was decommissioned in 1950. Spring Point Ledge Light was built near the site in 1897.
Wish I could take credit for this photo, but I just couldn't jump that high. This photo was borrowed from Wikipedia.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
The lighthouse was constructed in 1897 by the government after seven steamship companies stated that many of their vessels ran aground on Spring Point Ledge. Congress initially allocated $20,000 to its construction, although the total cost of the tower ended up being $45,000 due to problems with storms and poor quality cement.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Wooden sheds and a six-room house for the lighthouse-keeper were added incrementally as needed. In 1934 Spring Point Ledge Light was erected and the houses around Bug Light were demolished and the lighthouse keeper tended to both lighthouses. The lighthouse was abandoned in 1943 as the breakwater entering the harbor receded.
Today this light is currently active. It was fully restored in 1989 and was reactivated in 2002. And it is a really cool place to explore!
Monday, August 24, 2009
Aunt Jenny really enjoyed having a girl around as she has two boys. And both of them are teenagers.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Katie helped with the beat on a tambourine,
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Katie was all smiles as we headed back to the train station.
While waiting for the train to pull into the station, one of the kids happened to look up. This sign was posted on the ceiling, with really no way to get up there anyway.
Do the people of Boston try to walk on ceilings often? I didn't see anyone up there...
Friday, August 21, 2009
Following these skirmishes, the rebel Committee of Safety asked the men of Massachusetts to raise an army. In a few short weeks, men from all over New England arrived to lay siege to Boston. Before long, some ten to fifteen thousand colonists had surrounded Boston, and General Gage found his army encircled.
More troops were sent from England and the British generals decided to seize the hills of Charlestown and Dorchester Neck to regain control of Boston. The colonists discovered the British plan and, led by Col. William Prescott, built a fort on Breed's Hill after passing over Bunker Hill. The next morning, the British army was surprised to find a fort had been built overnight! In the afternoon of June 17, the King's army landed on the shores of Charlestown, setting the town on fire. Told by General Prescott to "don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes", the inexperienced militia men held off the British. The first two attacks on the hill were disastrous for the British army. However, the colonists had exhausted their ammunition and the British army was able to scale the fort and push the colonists off the hill.
Although the British army had won the battle, the colonists realized that they had fought one of the finest armies in the world and had turned them back twice. Abigail Adams wrote to her husband John, "The day, perhaps the decisive day has come, on which the fate of America depends." The American Revolution had begun.
The Bunker Hill Monument was built to commemorate the Battle of Bunker Hill, although is not on Bunker Hill but instead on Breed's Hill where most of the fighting in the misnamed Battle of Bunker Hill actually took place. The 221 foot (67 m) granite obelisk was erected between 1827 and 1843 of with granite from Quincy, Massachusetts, conveyed to the site via the Granite Railway, built specially for that purpose, followed by a trip by barge.
There are 294 steps to the top, and we felt each one of them for several days!
Well, I hope you enjoyed our little trip to Boston and learned some American history along the way! OK, I admit, it really is much more interesting now than when I had to memorize all those dates, and even better when you can walk around the battle field. I promise there won't be any quizzes!