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Posted on 08/05/2020 3:15:50 PM PDT by Perseverando
In June of 1775, citizens acting as merchant mariners captured the British schooner HMS Margaretta around Machias, Massachusetts (present-day Maine).
That same month, General George Washington, with the help of merchant ship owner Colonel John Glover of Marblehead, Massachusetts, chartered and outfitted several ships to interrupt the British supplies.
The marker at the base of John Glover's statue in Boston states:
"John Glover of Marblehead - A Soldier of the Revolution.
He commanded a regiment of one thousand men raised in that town known as the marine regiment, and enlisted to serve throughout the war.
He joined the camp at Cambridge, June 22, 1775, and rendered distinguished service in transporting the army."
On September 2, 1775, George Washington personally financed America's first armed naval vessel, the USS Hannah, named for John Glover's daughter.
Less than a week later, on September 7, 1775, the USS Hannah captured the British ship HMS Unity, the first prize taken by a U.S. naval vessel.
Other ships were outfitted by John Glover:
Franklin, Warren, Hancock, and Lee.
These ships had crews mostly of experienced Massachusetts fisherman who defended American ports and raided British ships transporting ammunition and supplies.
This original American flotilla, sometimes referred to as Washington's fleet, captured 55 British ships.
The American schooner Lee captured the British brig HMS Nancy on November 29, 1775, with its cargo of 2,000 Brown Bess muskets, 100,000 flints, 30,000 of artillery ammunition, 30 tons of musket ammunition, and a 13 inch brass mortar.
This was a tremendous benefit to the new Continental Army stationed near Boston.
After the Battle of Brooklyn Heights, August 27, 1776, John Glover and his Marblehead fisherman saved the day by evacuating Washington and the entire Continental Army, under cover of fog,
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I ordered an “appeal from heaven” flag last year....its too big to put anywhere....
Glover is featured in ‘The Crossing’.
Very interesting. My grand daughter just started at the US Naval Academy, class of 2024.
Have the Democrats graciously deigned to allow that statue of Glover to remain standing? If so, we should be so grateful to our Democrat overlords...
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