Society & Culture:History
Episode 046: The Powder Alarm
On September 1, 1774, Gen. Gage sends a regiment to secure gunpowder stored at a powder house several miles from Boston. The regulars also seize several cannons, returning to Boston with the guns and ammunition.
Rumors spread that the regulars had shot and killed several colonists during the raid. By the following day, thousands of armed militiamen have gathered outside Boston demanding answers. The militia eventually go home after learning that no one was killed. But the event reinforces Gen. Gage's belief that the colonists are ready to start a war at a moment's notice. The colonists learn they needed a better early warning system to get militia into the field faster. Both sides continue efforts to secure more arms and ammunition for the coming fight.
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