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Salem in Essex County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Leslie's Retreat

Feb. 26, 1775

 
 
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By Michael Tiernan, October 8, 2011
1. Leslie's Retreat Marker
Inscription. Here, in defiance of King George III, local minutemen hid 17 cannons, and were confronted by 300 British troops under command of Colonel Leslie. The Redcoats were routed, with only Joseph Whicher of Salem being wounded. This was the first open resistance to the King by the colonials, and the first blood shed in America's war for independence.
 
Location. 42° 31.57′ N, 70° 54.022′ W. Marker is in Salem, Massachusetts, in Essex County. Marker is on North Street (Massachusetts Route 114). Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 96 North Street, Salem MA 01970, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Armed Resistance (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Witch Gaol (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Town House (approx. 0.4 miles away); The First Meeting House Erected in Salem (approx. 0.4 miles away); Saint Peter's Episcopal Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Peabody Museum of Salem (approx. half a mile away); Essex County Armed Services Memorial (approx. half a mile away); Roger Conant (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Salem.
 
More about this marker. As is plainly obvious, the story of Leslie's Retreat has been used
Leslie's Retreat image. Click for full size.
By Michael Tiernan, October 8, 2011
2. Leslie's Retreat
as a commercial handle for a restaurant at this location.
 
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Also see . . .
1. Leslie's Retreat - Salem, MA, 1775. Here's another story of Leslie's Retreat. (Submitted on October 9, 2011, by Michael Tiernan of Danvers, Massachusetts.) 

2. More to the story: Col. Alexander Leslie’s Retreat. Another impartial look at the story of Leslie's retreat. (Submitted on October 9, 2011, by Michael Tiernan of Danvers, Massachusetts.) 

3. The business "Leslie's Retreat" story they provide. It is a cute treatment of the story. I doubt it should be referenced as any authority of the history but it does provide a "rounding out" of the views on it. (Submitted on October 9, 2011, by Michael Tiernan of Danvers, Massachusetts.) 
 
Categories. Colonial EraPatriots & PatriotismWar, US Revolutionary
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 9, 2011, by Michael Tiernan of Danvers, Massachusetts. This page has been viewed 757 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 9, 2011, by Michael Tiernan of Danvers, Massachusetts. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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