March 5th 1770You cursed scoundrel Lobster Backs! Demon hearted Red Coats! You should all die in the gallows for the Boston Massacre and for killing my younger brother! To hell with you fools! He was only 15 years old! You wrung your demonized bayonets through his heart without mercy! You also fired upon my father, the commander who saved your arses from the French and Indians in the 7 years war by giving you food and ammo provisions! Without it, you’d have lost the war or would have died of starvation or disease! He gave a letter to the British Parliament yesterday notifying them this protest would require no violence, yet those stupid British fired upon my father. Do you have any thankfulness in your hearts at least to not fire upon the man who saved your life! I’m now without a family! Why in the name of God you dare fire upon unarmed citizens during a peaceful protest? It would make sense if they were armed! Paul Revere was asked to make of eyewitness sketch of the Boston Massacre and to post it into the colonial press. It showed British firing upon protesting colonists, all unarmed. It even showed the British advancing into the crowd with foot forward, to shoot the life our of even single innocent colonist soul. And most noticeably, they were firing in line all together, smiling with pride. It was just a peaceful protest you Red Coat idiots! We just wanted to complain that the Stamp and Sugar and what do the British say in reply, “We were defending ourselves. It was just a act of self-defense!” Wrong! What you British did was you fricking line up, aim your rifles, and then your commander lifts his sabre and orders “fire!” right in front of unarmed British colonists?! You consider firing upon unarmed colonists while smiling like a lunatic is right before God? You minds are like a snail, sluggish and retarded! Like Revere said, you will be brought to a judge who can’t be bribed… But what brought this horrid event into my life along with my fellow Bostonian colonists? Well let me explain… Ok, now to end with my rage matters… It all started with the Stamp act and Sugar act. The Stamp act taxed us on paper, letters, and stamps, while the Sugar act taxed us on anything sugar related. I heard it was for paying the debt of the French-Indian war, which does makes sense since Britain is in huge debt. But the thing is, believe or not, I would pay the tax if one the taxes weren’t so high, especially if it weren’t only implied on us colonists! This is truly taxation without representation!It would at least make the slightest sense if they also taxed British living in the mainland country and if we at least we had some representation if we wanted to be taxed or not! No colonial delegations were asked to voice their opinions! Are we your slaves? We colonists are also in debt! It’s common sense to not make the taxes so high, and to tax only you colony! What is with those “delegations” of Parliament? I, John Valor am not your property nor slave! Tyrant is King George III! We will get our revenge… just wait and see…
1. John Valor’s Journal:A Patriot of the AmericanRevolution
2. March 5th 1770The Boston MassacreThe sketch of the Boston Massacremade by Paul RevereA depiction of my family during mychildhood years
3. March 5th 1770You cursed scoundrel Lobster Backs! Demon hearted RedCoats! You should all die in the gallows for the BostonMassacre and for killing my younger brother! To hell with youfools! He was only 15 years old! You wrung your demonizedbayonets through his heart without mercy! You also fired uponmy father, the commander who saved your arses from theFrench and Indians in the 7 years war by giving you food andammo provisions! Without it, you’d have lost the war or wouldhave died of starvation or disease! He gave a letter to theBritish Parliament yesterday notifying them this protest wouldrequire no violence, yet those stupid British fired upon myfather. Do you have any thankfulness in your hearts at least tonot fire upon the man who saved your life! I’m now without afamily! Why in the name of God you dare fire upon unarmedcitizens during a peaceful protest? It would make sense if theywere armed!
4. Paul Revere was asked to make of eyewitness sketch of theBoston Massacre and to post it into the colonial press. Itshowed British firing upon protesting colonists, all unarmed. Iteven showed the British advancing into the crowd with footforward, to shoot the life our of even single innocent colonistsoul. And most noticeably, they were firing in line all together,smiling with pride. It was just a peaceful protest you Red Coatidiots! We just wanted to complain that the Stamp and Sugarand what do the British say in reply, “We were defendingourselves. It was just a act of self-defense!” Wrong! What youBritish did was you fricking line up, aim your rifles, and thenyour commander lifts his sabre and orders “fire!” right in front ofunarmed British colonists?! You consider firing upon unarmedcolonists while smiling like a lunatic is right before God? Youminds are like a snail, sluggish and retarded! Like Revere said,you will be brought to a judge who can’t be bribed… But whatbrought this horrid event into my life along with my fellowBostonian colonists? Well let me explain…
5. Ok, now to end with my rage matters… It all started with theStamp act and Sugar act. The Stamp act taxed us on paper,letters, and stamps, while the Sugar act taxed us on anythingsugar related. I heard it was for paying the debt of the French-Indian war, which does makes sense since Britain is in huge debt.But the thing is, believe or not, I would pay the tax if one the taxesweren’t so high, especially if it weren’t only implied on us colonists!This is truly taxation without representation! It would at least makethe slightest sense if they also taxed British living in the mainlandcountry and if we at least we had some representation if wewanted to be taxed or not! No colonial delegations were asked tovoice their opinions! Are we your slaves? We colonists are also indebt! It’s common sense to not make the taxes so high, and to taxonly you colony! What is with those “delegations” of Parliament? I,John Valor am not your property nor slave! Tyrant is King GeorgeIII! We will get our revenge… just wait and see…
6. July 4th 1776The Declaration of IndependenceThe new paper version of theDeclaration of Independencedrafted by Thomas JeffersonThe first Continental Congress
7. July 4th 1776After the public outrage of the Boston Massacre, the colonists, specificallyBostonians were quite furious at the British and I bet they wanted to getsome payback, which indeed the colonists rightly deserved! During themiddle of just any old regular day, Samuel Adams started recruiting randomBostonians like me to some secret organization that was designed as an actof retaliation against the British, to retrieve the what was rightfully ours, itwas the Sons of Liberty. We met one night at the Boston Harbor, right infront of a couple British merchant ships carrying tea. Still infuriated aboutthe Sugar and Stamp act, also the recent Tea act, taxing us on tea, wedecided aggression was needed. Dressed up as a Mohawk Indian, I withmy fellow Sons of Liberty stormed the ships like a stampede of infuriatedwildebeests with axe and club in hand, and threw otherwise “trampled” allthe British merchants guarding them overboard. I with my fellow friendshacked open at ever single box containing on that ship and chucked themall into the harbor waters without hesitation and we gave a roar of triumph.Just a few minutes into the practice, the entire port was emptied of itsBritish contamination. Looks like this more “less peaceful” protest finally gotwhat we wanted. The Tea act, along with the Sugar and Stamp act, we’rerepealed and it was a huge celebration, but then the British retaliate… we
8. Then came the Intolerable acts. Just as the name says, it was intolerable. Thoseidiots took taxation without representation to a whole new level. They re-enabled allthose taxes such as the Sugar, Stamp, and Tea act, along with a brand newarmada of unreasonable taxes and forced us to pay them! Some people whorefused to pay were even killed! So now, the British parliament and King George IIIare now even murdering the colonists for not paying their so called “reasonable”taxes!Soon after, the Continental Congress has considered for independence! TheContinental Congress composed of delegations from different countries. In thiscase, delegates from all colonies except Georgia met to address on how wecolonists should address the problem we had at hand. Many distinguished peoplesuch as Benjamin Franklin, Paul Revere, John Hancock, Thomas Jefferson, JohnAdams, and many others came all together at the Pennsylvania for the creation ofthe Declaration of Independence. However, the Congress was divided. Somedelegates didn’t want to vote for independence at all such as John Dickinson alongwith a few southern colonist delegates voted against because they weren’t “directlyaffected” by the Intolerable Acts. You idiots! Do you not care about the lives lost inthe Boston Massacre?! But finally on July 2nd 1776, votes were made, and thedeclaration was passed. However, it wasn’t drafted yet.Thomas Jefferson, usually quiet, but a very renowned writer drafted theDeclaration of Independence. The Declaration of Independence not only insisted onindependence from Britain, it also demanded for a new government. One clause ofthe declaration stated, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men arecreated equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienableRights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” The Britishmonarchy system refused these rights, the rights that all men deserve! All of manare born equal! And for that exact reason, the colonies shall be our own rightful
9. Oct. 30 1777Battle of Lexington-SaratogaWhere General Burgoynesurrendered to our army.My first day in the ContinentalArmy…
10. Oct 30th 1777So much life has been shed and lost during the year of 1776-1777. The Battle ofBunker and Breeds Hill, Battle at Lexington and Concord, and now the Battle ofSaratoga. I’ve been promoted to lieutenant commander. My fellow colonists havebeen murdered, killed… those blood covered Lobster Backs and Hessians, both ofthem, demons assigned from Hell! What a coward King George is, he needsmercenaries from Germany to do his work!Saratoga was our key victory, one after so many lost battles becausebefore, everything wasn’t going to plan. During Lexington, we Patriots were stock-pilling a trainload of weapons in Concord. Soon after, spies received word thatGeneral Gage, a plans to attack with his full army on the stockpile, and to“confiscate” all our weaponry. Revere, Dawes, and Prescott soon went warning themilitia of the assault. Gage sent patrols to stop them, but soon messenger spreadto messenger, all franticly hollering “THE BRITISH ARE COMING!” Revere wasintercepted by a patrol, however the rest of the messengers escaped. Myminutemen marched forward, being heavily outnumbered, retreated into the woods.After they got into Concord, Colonel Barrett commanded our units cut them off oncemore reinforcement militia arrived. The British knew of the plan and hurried back.Using guerrilla warfare, we ambushed day and night, however General Percycame to their aid, broke our lines, and got the British troops to safety with most ofour stockpile…Bunker Hill was just pure Hell. After setting up forts on Bunker and Breeds hillunder the command of Major General Putnam, that damned British warship HMSLively spotted us and fired its cannons giving our position. The rest of the Britishbattleship armada cut off reinforcements, and soon British and Hessians camecharging forward towards our forts. We put up a good fight, and the British earned
11. Saratoga like I said was the key victory to the war, our first and mostimportant victory in months. I then was under command of GeneralSchuyler. We heard the British were trying to capture Fort Ticonderoga.Well, they did, however it was Schuyler plan do give up to fort after thesiege… so during the cover of night we retreated. For that Schuyler wasdeported of command. Now under orders from General Gates weretreated to the fort at Bemis heights. Burgoyne decided to attack thefort with a very useless tactic. Marching his troops straightforward intoour fortifications? One dies another replaces the fallen solder’s place onthe front line? Youre troops were flushed out like sand in a sieve! Poor,Morgan and Learned and I all joined troops soon overpowered andoutnumbered the Red Coats. However, Arnold with no official commandrushed forward into battle, and broke the British line. Heroic, butreckless like playing chicken on train tracks… The British then made alast-resort retreat. We surrounded them before they got far though.Burgoyne finally surrendered.There was a huge cost for our victory. Dozens of Patriot solders lied onthe floor in crimson red blood, dead… There was air so thick with deathI could cut thought it with my sabre! May their souls rest in peace…We soon won French assistance. France lost to the British in theFrench-Indian war to the British, therefore we had a common enemy!The enemy of my enemy is my friend! But what held them back? Theythought British were invincible. Heck! Nothing is invincible!.. I must stop
12. Sep. 5th 1783The Surrender of Yorktown/Treatyof ParisWhere Treaty of Parisnegotiations took placeThe British Surrender atYorktown
13. September 5th 1783Leave our country now or have your shells ripped off you Lobster Backs! The 13colonies of Britain, now the 13 States of America! I’m so lucky to have lived through war,now with a family, 2 children. Around 7200 fellow Americans, graciously laid down theirlives for the independence of our people. I’ve finally heard news of the Treaty of Paris,the agreement between Britain and America that the 13 colonies are now independentfrom Britain. We are now “officially independent” from Britain! No more taxation-without-representation, death, Red Coats… Drawbacks are, Congress has to make a newcountry. This isn’t going to be easy, but to first give a plotline summary of what broughtthe war to this treaty.24 hours after the Battle of Saratoga, the French finally came to our aid. Lafayette,along with Rochambeau, both distinguished army commander came along with a coupleof French military units. They gave us food, ammo, and military training. Without theirhelp, my minutemen would have been killed by now due to the winter cold, starvation, orlack of training! I give them my greatest thanks.The Battle of Yorktown, the final battle. The fake scheme of the Patriots and Frenchattacking New York succeeded! We got more than have the British troops away from theBritish fort! Their Southern Campaign plan is compromised! During the meeting onhow to attack British held Yorktown and we knew the British didn’t have endurance. Sothen, we decided to exploit their weakness.
14. We snuck up upon the British fort at night while their troops were still recoveringfrom battle fatigue and were fast asleep. General Washington, head general ofthe Continental army, today decided to join the battlefield. He ordered us tobuild trenches surrounding the fort at a safe distance. These trenches provedvery effective! When we had to reload, we just needed to crouch down in thecover, unlike when we had to reload right in front of our enemies’ faces, and tohave no fear of getting shot during the process! The tactic was named trenchwarfare. Soon after, Boom… Boom… Boom! French fired their 24 borecannons at the Lobster Backs, shelling it till the fort was literally “shell shocked"in fear. We dug trenches closer and closer and eventually at night we got soclose to the fort I could see the shrapnel lodged into the fort redoubt. We tookthe opportunity, and got ready to fire, though Washington then gave the order,“Use your bayonets, only!”. I understood. This attack must be in silence in orderto not attract any attention from the main fort. I snatched my bayonet, andattached it to my rifle muzzle. I charged in with my fellow colonists and thrustmy bayonet into every Red Coat in reach in the fort redoubt. Lord Cornwallis,British General in charge of the Yorktown fort gave a retreat sign and we pursed.The French Navy came to our assistance and cut off access to the sea for theBritish. We soon surrounded them The entire British army surrender once andfor all.I must now attend the funeral of my fellow allies who lost their lives in this war,and to award all those patriots who charged into the fort redoubts with justbayonets, the Purple Heart. May all you fallen patriots be remembered as thebest and true men of America. I also later have to meet with fellow Continental
15. March 4th, 1789A black and white painting ofour beloved leader, Father ofAmerica, George WashingtonA sketch of Shay’s rebellionfrom the colonialnewspaper, closing down acourthouse, before gunfire
16. March 4th 1789The Articles of Confederation, useless! What was John Dickinson thinking while he was creating thiscrap! Is he trying to bring us into the ground? Only after six years since that Treaty of Paris America has agovernment system appreciated by the people, the United States Constitution. I delegation of Boston fromCongress shall give a short story of what happened during these six dreaded years…After the Treaty of Paris, the Continental Congress hosted a convention on creating the new government,which the result was the Articles. The Articles were like an apple with a worm in it, looks good to eat untilthe unacceptable flaw pops out. There was only one branch of government at the time, which wasCongress. The Congress could make laws, but had no power to enforce them in the states, thereforerendering it useless. All of its decisions depended on the cooperation of the 13 states. Another worm toadd to the apple is that the Congress couldn’t control tax. Every state could make its own rules on taxesso taxes would vary state to state.Tensions got high, and soon there was act of treason against the Articles of Confederation, Shays’rebellion. Farmer from Massachusetts, served in the Continental Army for our independence againstBritain, a great friend, however I’ve never seen him angry like this. He explained to me soon after by letter.He told that the Massachusetts government was in extreme debt and needed money, and I couldn’tbelieve what they resorted too, the exact same thing the British did to us, taxation without representation.Soon everyone, specifically farmers like him were in extreme debt from the unreasonable amount of taxes,and soon like they did with the Sugar and Stamp acts, rebellion. Shays recruited around 3000 soldersfrom the Continental Army, and stormed into the Courthouses, demanding their taxes be lifted orshortened. I joined Shays by sending letters to Congress that the government has to be abolished and anew one should be made in its place and by secretly giving Shays rifles and ammo just in case a fightwould break out, and it did. The rebels closed down a court, however, loyal Continental Army men firedupon them, just like what happened during the Boston Massacre, however gunfire exchanged from bothsides. An act of treason yes, but for a good cause! The government finally decided to create a newgovernment in the Article’s place, the rebellion was put down, and many went to prison.
17. James Madison soon came up with a solution at ConstitutionConvention. Combining all the advantages of many differentgovernments from past to present, he combined them all to createthe perfect system of government, the US Constitution. Now,there were three branches of government: Judicial, Legislative,and Executive. The Judicial branch is the Supreme Courtconsisting of judges who judges the laws, the Legislative Branchconsisting of representatives from the states makes lawsotherwise know as congress, and the Executive Branch,consisting of the President and his Cabinet makes sure the lawsare executed. Making sure one branch of the three doesn’t havecomplete power over the other branches, checks and balanceswere created. The President can veto laws made by the Congressand appoint judges, however Congress can override by two-thirdsmajority and can impeach the President. The Court judges the lawif it goes against the rights of the Constitution, however Congresscan impeach the Judges.I now must attend George Washington’s presidential ceremony...Hope I’ll have more journal entries to write soon after, hope theskirmish of slavery doesn’t go bad… May God bless America!
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