In Congress, at Watertown, April 30, 1775
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In this broadside, Joseph Warren, president pro tempore of the Provincial Congress meeting at Watertown, urges his colleagues to act quickly in response to the battles of Lexington and Concord. He emphasizes the importance of raising an army and encouraging enlistment in preparation for the battles ahead.
"Defend Our Wives and Our Children"
Not until around 10 P.M. on the night of 19 April, twenty-four hours after they had first mustered for their march to Concord, are all the Regulars back in Boston, having been ferried from Charlestown on the last leg of their mission. Over the next few days, a force of approximately 20,000 provincials, intent on preventing Gage's troops from making any more forays into the countryside, lays siege to the town. In the ensuing weeks, as colonists drift back toward their homes, Joseph Warren, president pro tempore of the Provincial Congress then meeting at Watertown, urges his colleagues to act boldly and to do so immediately.
Questions to Consider
1. What does the Congress propose to do?
2. Describe the tone of this broadside. Support your description with words and phrases from the document.
3. Imagine that you are a young person living in Massachusetts on 30 April. Write a brief essay describing your reaction to this announcement. Do you think it is a good idea? Are you excited? Nervous? Scared?