To explore the American Revolution through the eyes of John Singleton Copley is to see it with fresh eyes, to understand that it was a civil war with many shades of allegiance.
It hardly seemed possible that a British garrison of seven hundred men could withstand a siege by the greatest American armada of the Revolution. But luck was not with the Americans that summer
What was it like to actually be there in April, 1775?
This is how the participants, American and British, remembered it
Participants describe the opening of the American Revolution