FROM MY EYES. HOW I SAW THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR WRITTEN BY BRITISH SOILDIER TONY S. LANET . INTRODUCTION.
HOW I SAW THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR
WRITTEN BY BRITISH SOILDIER TONY S. LANET
This is a collection of my feelings of certain events through the revolutionary war. I am a British solider named Tony S. Lanet. This collection includes entries from the French Indian War, the Sugar Act, the Stamp Act, the Townsend Acts, the Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party, the Coercive Acts, the Continental Congress, the Battle of Lexington/Concord, and the Battle of Bunker Hill.
The French Indian war was fought in the 1700’s due to conflicts between the British and the French. The war was to determine whether the British or France would have stronger power in North America. We were victorious! We gave the French a run for their money! I actually thought that the French would win...
The sugar act was passed in 1764. the King put a tax on sugar, wine, and other things. Although I am a loyal soldier to the King; I still think it was a bit unreasonable to put a tax on sugar. Well, the King does need money.
These laws were created by the King so that the colonist had to pay a tax on every piece of paper they used. Many colonists disliked this rule. I did as well. I felt that this act was very unreasonable.
This act was originated by Charles Townshend. This act/law was designed to collect taxes for tea, glass, paper, paint, lead, glass and other things. I think that this act was a little bit unreasonable... But the King does need money.
The Boston Massacre started when a fellow soldier, Jack Collins, was collecting taxes in front of the Custom House. Fights erupted and Captain Thomas Preston and 7 other soldiers (including me) came to help. One soldier thought he heard “Fire!” and shot into the crowd. Then the crowd started to move toward us. Some others panicked and shot more shots. At the end 5 men were murdered. I think the event was ridiculous and wish I had not been a part of it.
The Boston tea Party was organized by the Sons of Liberty, a group led by Samuel Adams. The event was started because Patriots were determined to prevent tea from coming of those ships and landing on American soil which would call for a tax. I think that this event was unnecessary and was very rude to the King.
The coercive acts (also known as the intolerable acts) were made to punish the colony of Massachusetts for destroying tea that belonged to India (Boston tea party). Because of the Boston Tea Party, they could not repay India for the tea. I think this punishment was a great choice because the colonists deserved it.
General Thomas ordered 700 soldiers (including me) to go and destroy the guns and ammo the colonists stored in the town of Concord and to try to arrest Samuel Adams and John Hancock. The General told us not to fire unless fired at. They fired and we, as told, fired back. I think that the colonists should not have fired and they shouldn’t even have had access to guns and ammo.
The members of the second continental congress met for the first time on May 10th 1755. Among all of the new delegates were Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, and Thomas Jefferson. The meeting started with everyone’s mind still focusing on the battle of Lexington Concord. I think that forming this group should’ve been illegal and was great disrespect against the King.
This was a battle between the British army and the American Continental Army. Although it is called the Battle of Bunker hill, it took place at Breed Hill. The American Continental Army’s leader told them to not fire until they see the whites of our eyes. When he said that, I got really scared. (and between you and me- I shut my eyes). I did not like the battle at all and was so glad that I survived it.