February 20th – American Minute. A Revolutionary War Colonel, he built the fortifications at Breed’s Hill and commanded the militia at the Battle of Bunker Hill in 1775.
He fought in the battles of Long Island in 1776 and Saratoga in 1777.
His name was William Prescott, born FEBRUARY 20, 1726.
After the Boston Tea Party, where colonists threw 342 chests of British East India tea overboard, Parliament passed the Boston Port Bill, blockading the harbor and starving the inhabitants.
The Committee of Correspondence sent word to the other Colonies, who called a Day of Fasting and Prayer, June 1, 1774,
“to seek divine direction and aid.”
In August 1774, William Prescott led the men of Pepperell, Massachusetts, to deliver many loads of rye, telling Boston’s inhabitants:
“We heartily sympathize with you, and are always ready to do all in our power for your support, comfort and relief, knowing that Providence has placed you where you must stand the first shock.
We consider that we are all embarked in (the same boat) and must sink or swim together.”
“Let us all be of one heart, and stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free. And may He, of His infinite mercy, grant us deliverance of all our troubles.”
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