“The evacuation of Boston,” The Generals of the American Revolution, Volume 4. New York Public Library Digital Collections.

The Pursuit of History: The Liberation of Boston

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On March 17, 1776, known afterward as ‘Evacuation Day,’ 11,000 redcoats and hundreds of Loyalists left [Boston] by boat. Washington marched into Boston on March 18, but there was little time for rejoicing. He rightly suspected that the British would head for New York City. As he prepared for the next test of battle, one of his few comforts was the fact that his wife Martha had joined him in November. They would go together to New York, hoping that no harm would come to their beloved Mount Vernon. (George Washington’s Mount Vernon)

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