John Valor’s Journal:A Patriot of the AmericanRevolution
March 5th 1770The Boston MassacreThe sketch of the Boston Massacremade by Paul RevereA depiction of my family during mychildhood years
March 5th 1770You cursed scoundrel Lobster Backs! Demon hearted Red Coats! Youshould all die in the gallows for the Boston Massacre and for killingmy younger brother! To hell with you fools! He was only 15 years old!You wrung your demonized bayonets through his heart withoutmercy! You also fired upon my father, the commander who saved yourarses from the French and Indians in the 7 years war by giving youfood and ammo provisions! Without it, you’d have lost the war orwould have died of starvation or disease! He gave a letter to theBritish Parliament yesterday notifying them this protest would requireno violence, yet those stupid British fired upon my father. Do youhave any thankfulness in your hearts at least to not fire upon the manwho saved your life! I’m now without a family! Why in the name ofGod you dare fire upon unarmed citizens during a peaceful protest? Itwould make sense if they were armed!
Paul Revere was asked to make of eyewitness sketch of the BostonMassacre and to post it into the colonial press. It showed British firingupon protesting colonists, all unarmed. It even showed the Britishadvancing into the crowd with foot forward, to shoot the life our ofeven single innocent colonist soul. And most noticeably, they werefiring in line all together, smiling with pride. It was just a peacefulprotest you Red Coat idiots! We just wanted to complain that theStamp and Sugar and what do the British say in reply, “We weredefending ourselves. It was just a act of self-defense!” Wrong! What youBritish did was you fricking line up, aim your rifles, and then yourcommander lifts his sabre and orders “fire!” right in front of unarmedBritish colonists?! You consider firing upon unarmed colonists whilesmiling 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 judgewho can’t be bribed… But what brought this horrid event into my lifealong with my fellow Bostonian colonists? Well let me explain…
Ok, now to end with my rage matters… It all started with the Stamp actand Sugar act. The Stamp act taxed us on paper, letters, and stamps, whilethe Sugar act taxed us on anything sugar related. I heard it was for payingthe debt of the French-Indian war, which does makes sense since Britain isin huge debt. But the thing is, believe or not, I would pay the tax if onethe taxes weren’t so high, especially if it weren’t only implied on uscolonists! This is truly taxation without representation! It would at leastmake the slightest sense if they also taxed British living in the mainlandcountry and if we at least we had some representation if we wanted to betaxed 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 tonot 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…
July 4th 1776The Declaration of IndependenceThe new paper version of theDeclaration of Independence drafted byThomas JeffersonThe first Continental Congress
July 4th 1776After the public outrage of the Boston Massacre, the colonists, specifically Bostonianswere quite furious at the British and I bet they wanted to get some payback, whichindeed the colonists rightly deserved! During the middle of just any old regular day,Samuel Adams started recruiting random Bostonians like me to some secretorganization that was designed as an act of retaliation against the British, to retrievethe what was rightfully ours, it was the Sons of Liberty. We met one night at theBoston Harbor, right in front of a couple British merchant ships carrying tea. Stillinfuriated about the Sugar and Stamp act, also the recent Tea act, taxing us on tea,we decided aggression was needed. Dressed up as a Mohawk Indian, I with my fellowSons of Liberty stormed the ships like a stampede of infuriated wildebeests with axeand club in hand, and threw otherwise “trampled” all the British merchants guardingthem overboard. I with my fellow friends hacked open at ever single box containingon that ship and chucked them all into the harbor waters without hesitation and wegave a roar of triumph. Just a few minutes into the practice, the entire port wasemptied of its British contamination. Looks like this more “less peaceful” protestfinally got what 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 celebratedtoo soon.
Then came the Intolerable acts. Just as the name says, it was intolerable. Those idiots tooktaxation without representation to a whole new level. They re-enabled all those taxes such asthe Sugar, Stamp, and Tea act, along with a brand new armada of unreasonable taxes andforced us to pay them! Some people who refused to pay were even killed! So now, the Britishparliament and King George III are now even murdering the colonists for not paying their socalled “reasonable” taxes!Soon after, the Continental Congress has considered for independence! The ContinentalCongress composed of delegations from different countries. In this case, delegates from allcolonies except Georgia met to address on how we colonists should address the problem wehad at hand. Many distinguished people such as Benjamin Franklin, Paul Revere, JohnHancock, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and many others came all together at thePennsylvania for the creation of the Declaration of Independence. However, the Congress wasdivided. Some delegates didn’t want to vote for independence at all such as John Dickinsonalong with 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 in the BostonMassacre?! But finally on July 2nd 1776, votes were made, and the declaration was passed.However, it wasn’t drafted yet.Thomas Jefferson, usually quiet, but a very renowned writer drafted the Declaration ofIndependence. The Declaration of Independence not only insisted on independence fromBritain, it also demanded for a new government. One clause of the declaration stated, “Wehold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed bytheir Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and thepursuit of Happiness.” The British monarchy system refused these rights, the rights that allmen deserve! All of man are born equal! And for that exact reason, the colonies shall be ourown rightful country and are not afraid to fight for that cause!
Oct. 30 1777Battle of Lexington-SaratogaWhere General Burgoyne surrenderedto our army.My first day in the Continental Army…
Oct 30th 1777So much life has been shed and lost during the year of 1776-1777. The Battle of Bunker andBreeds Hill, Battle at Lexington and Concord, and now the Battle of Saratoga. I’ve beenpromoted to lieutenant commander. My fellow colonists have been murdered, killed… thoseblood covered Lobster Backs and Hessians, both of them, demons assigned from Hell! What acoward King George is, he needs mercenaries from Germany to do his work!Saratoga was our key victory, one after so many lost battles because before, everything wasn’tgoing to plan. During Lexington, we Patriots were stock-pilling a trainload of weapons inConcord. Soon after, spies received word that General Gage, a plans to attack with his fullarmy on the stockpile, and to “confiscate” all our weaponry. Revere, Dawes, and Prescott soonwent warning the militia of the assault. Gage sent patrols to stop them, but soon messengerspread to messenger, all franticly hollering “THE BRITISH ARE COMING!” Revere wasintercepted by a patrol, however the rest of the messengers escaped. My minutemen marchedforward, being heavily outnumbered, retreated into the woods. After they got into Concord,Colonel Barrett commanded our units cut them off once more reinforcement militia arrived.The British knew of the plan and hurried back. Using guerrilla warfare, we ambushed dayand night, however General Percy came to their aid, broke our lines, and got the Britishtroops to safety with most of our stockpile…Bunker Hill was just pure Hell. After setting up forts on Bunker and Breeds hill under thecommand of Major General Putnam, that damned British warship HMS Lively spotted us andfired its cannons giving our position. The rest of the British battleship armada cut offreinforcements, and soon British and Hessians came charging forward towards our forts. Weput up a good fight, and the British earned theirself’s one thousand casualties. Either way, wehad to abandon the forts due to our lack of reinforcements and the fear of gettingsurrounded.
Saratoga like I said was the key victory to the war, our first and most importantvictory in months. I then was under command of General Schuyler. We heardthe British were trying to capture Fort Ticonderoga. Well, they did, however itwas Schuyler plan do give up to fort after the siege… so during the cover of nightwe retreated. For that Schuyler was deported of command. Now under ordersfrom General Gates we retreated to the fort at Bemis heights. Burgoyne decidedto attack the fort with a very useless tactic. Marching his troops straightforwardinto our fortifications? One dies another replaces the fallen solder’s place on thefront line? Youre troops were flushed out like sand in a sieve! Poor, Morgan andLearned and I all joined troops soon overpowered and outnumbered the RedCoats. However, Arnold with no official command rushed forward into battle,and broke the British line. Heroic, but reckless like playing chicken on traintracks… The British then made a last-resort retreat. We surrounded them beforethey got far though. Burgoyne finally surrendered.There was a huge cost for our victory. Dozens of Patriot solders lied on the floorin crimson red blood, dead… There was air so thick with death I could cutthought it with my sabre! May their souls rest in peace…We soon won French assistance. France lost to the British in the French-Indianwar to the British, therefore we had a common enemy! The enemy of my enemyis my friend! But what held them back? They thought British were invincible.Heck! Nothing is invincible!.. I must stop writing now, the final battle awaits…
Sep. 5th 1783The Surrender of Yorktown/Treaty ofParisWhere Treaty of Paris negotiationstook placeThe British Surrender at Yorktown
September 5th 1783Leave our country now or have your shells ripped off you Lobster Backs! The 13 colonies 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 their lives for the independence of ourpeople. I’ve finally heard news of the Treaty of Paris, the agreement between Britain and Americathat the 13 colonies are now independent from Britain. We are now “officially independent” fromBritain! No more taxation-without-representation, death, Red Coats… Drawbacks are, Congress hasto make a new country. This isn’t going to be easy, but to first give a plotline summary of whatbrought the war to this treaty.24 hours after the Battle of Saratoga, the French finally came to our aid. Lafayette, along withRochambeau, both distinguished army commander came along with a couple of French militaryunits. They gave us food, ammo, and military training. Without their help, my minutemen wouldhave been killed by now due to the winter cold, starvation, or lack of training! I give them mygreatest thanks.The Battle of Yorktown, the final battle. The fake scheme of the Patriots and French attackingNew York succeeded! We got more than have the British troops away from the British fort! TheirSouthern Campaign plan is compromised! During the meeting on how to attack British heldYorktown and we knew the British didn’t have endurance. So then, we decided to exploit theirweakness.
We snuck up upon the British fort at night while their troops were still recovering frombattle fatigue and were fast asleep. General Washington, head general of the Continentalarmy, today decided to join the battlefield. He ordered us to build trenches surroundingthe fort at a safe distance. These trenches proved very effective! When we had to reload,we just needed to crouch down in the cover, unlike when we had to reload right in frontof our enemies’ faces, and to have no fear of getting shot during the process! The tacticwas named trench warfare. Soon after, Boom… Boom… Boom! French fired their 24bore cannons at the Lobster Backs, shelling it till the fort was literally “shell shocked" infear. We dug trenches closer and closer and eventually at night we got so close to the fortI could see the shrapnel lodged into the fort redoubt. We took the opportunity, and gotready to fire, though Washington then gave the order, “Use your bayonets, only!”. Iunderstood. This attack must be in silence in order to not attract any attention from themain fort. I snatched my bayonet, and attached it to my rifle muzzle. I charged in with myfellow colonists and thrust my 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 andwe 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 and for all.I must now attend the funeral of my fellow allies who lost their lives in this war, and toaward all those patriots who charged into the fort redoubts with just bayonets, the PurpleHeart. May all you fallen patriots be remembered as the best and true men of America. Ialso later have to meet with fellow Continental Congress delegates on the making of thenew government of America, hope it all goes well.
March 4th, 1789The US ConstitutionA black and white painting of ourbeloved leader, Father of America,George WashingtonA sketch of Shay’s rebellion fromthe colonial newspaper, closingdown a courthouse, before gunfireexchanged.
March 4th 1789The Articles of Confederation, useless! What was John Dickinson thinking while he was creating this crap! Is he tryingto bring us into the ground? Only after six years since that Treaty of Paris America has a government system appreciatedby the people, the United States Constitution. I delegation of Boston from Congress shall give a short story of whathappened during these six dreaded years…After the Treaty of Paris, the Continental Congress hosted a convention on creating the new government, which theresult was the Articles. The Articles were like an apple with a worm in it, looks good to eat until the unacceptable flawpops out. There was only one branch of government at the time, which was Congress. The Congress could make laws,but had no power to enforce them in the states, therefore rendering it useless. All of its decisions depended on thecooperation of the 13 states. Another worm to add to the apple is that the Congress couldn’t control tax. Every statecould make its own rules on taxes so taxes would vary state to state.Tensions got high, and soon there was act of treason against the Articles of Confederation, Shays’ rebellion. Farmerfrom Massachusetts, served in the Continental Army for our independence against Britain, a great friend, however I’venever seen him angry like this. He explained to me soon after by letter. He told that the Massachusetts government wasin extreme debt and needed money, and I couldn’t believe what they resorted too, the exact same thing the British didto us, taxation without representation. Soon everyone, specifically farmers like him were in extreme debt from theunreasonable amount of taxes, and soon like they did with the Sugar and Stamp acts, rebellion. Shays recruited around3000 solders from 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 a new one shouldbe made in its place and by secretly giving Shays rifles and ammo just in case a fight would break out, and it did. Therebels closed down a court, however, loyal Continental Army men fired upon them, just like what happened during theBoston Massacre, however gunfire exchanged from both sides. An act of treason yes, but for a good cause! Thegovernment finally decided to create a new government in the Article’s place, the rebellion was put down, and manywent to prison.
James Madison soon came up with a solution at ConstitutionConvention. Combining all the advantages of many different governmentsfrom past to present, he combined them all to create the perfect system ofgovernment, the US Constitution. Now, there were three branches ofgovernment: Judicial, Legislative, and Executive. The Judicial branch isthe Supreme Court consisting of judges who judges the laws, theLegislative Branch consisting of representatives from the states makes lawsotherwise know as congress, and the Executive Branch, consisting of thePresident and his Cabinet makes sure the laws are executed. Making sureone branch of the three doesn’t have complete power over the otherbranches, checks and balances were created. The President can veto lawsmade by the Congress and appoint judges, however Congress can overrideby two-thirds majority and can impeach the President. The Court judgesthe law if it goes against the rights of the Constitution, however Congresscan impeach the Judges.I now must attend George Washington’s presidential ceremony... HopeI’ll have more journal entries to write soon after, hope the skirmish ofslavery doesn’t go bad… May God bless America!
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