Washington Wrote a Letter to the Continental Congress
You can learn a lot from reading old letters.
Fortunately for Americans interested in the country's early
history, George Washington was a talented and frequent letter
writer. On March 24, 1776, General Washington wrote a letter to
the Continental Congress (the governing body of the American
revolutionaries). In it, he described how he had made the city
of Boston safe from future attack by the British, but that the
mischievous British fleet would not leave the Boston harbor. It
was his second letter to Congress about the attack on Boston.
In an earlier letter on March 19, Washington described
in detail his siege of Boston: He took over a good, high
position on Dorchester Heights, above the British-held city, and
fired cannons on the city and harbor. The British troops
evacuated. Washington couldn't believe that they still remained
on their ships in the harbor after their defeat. He wrote the
March 24 letter, expressing his "surprize and disappointment"
that the fleet was still causing trouble. He prepared a strong
defense of the town just in case they should return.
Washington armed Fort Hill, another high ground facing the
water, so that it "will greatly annoy any Fleet the Enemy may
send against the Town, and render the Landing of their Troops
exceedingly difficult, If not Impracticable." The Continental
Congress gave Washington a gold medal and a letter of thanks for
Washington wrote back with his thanks
and also declared his devotion to the American people. Because
of Washington's letters, we know all this about him and the
siege of Boston.