Patriots Day
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I am not in the office today as its a state holiday - "Patriots Day."

On July 4, 1776 12 of the 13 colonies declared independence from Britain. Yet, over a year earlier, on April 19, 1775, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts declared its own independence from the crown. With musket fire the Minutemen units from northwest of Boston, including some from New Hampshire, drove off the British regulars and denied the crown the right to intercede in colonial munitions.

It is from the events 233 years ago, commemorated today, that the United States was founded.

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1. Board Game: The Boston Game [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
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British troops under General Gage had held Boston in a state of near martial law since the Intolerable Acts of 1768. General Gage was ordered by the government in London to seize munitions which the colonists had been gathering in Concord. This government was illegitimate because the colonials had no representation in Parliament.
 
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2. Board Game: The Redcoats are Coming [Average Rating:4.86 Unranked]
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Listen my children and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,
On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five;
Hardly a man is now alive
Who remembers that famous day and year.
-Longfellow

Patriots in Boston found out that the Lobsterbacks were to march against Concord and decided to warn the militias northwest of the city. William Dawes and Paul Revere were sent to warn the militia and the colonial leaders, Sam Adams (probably busy making beer) and John Hancock (doing something with insurance).

Dawes and Revere rode to Lexington to meet Adams and Hancock. Then, in Lincoln met with Samuel Prescott who continued the ride with them. Revere was captured in Lincoln and Dawes was forced to turn back. Only Prescott made it through to Concord and beyond to warn the colonists.
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Their flag to April's breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood
And fired the shot heard round the world.
-Emerson

On the Green in Lexington Center at about 6 am, a small band of American colonists stood to slow the British advance to Concord. There the contingent of British troops and American Colonists fought the first Skirmish of what became the American War of Independence. The farmers with hunting muskets were quickly overwhelmed by the professional troops. The Lexington militia fell back.
 
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They came three thousand miles and died,
To keep the past upon its throne.
Unheard beyond the ocean tide,
Their English mother made her moan.
-Lowell

Several hours later the redcoats made it to Concord. There the militias of Concord, Bedford, Acton and many other towns in the area faced off against the British troops. In some tactical mistakes, and just being outnumbered, the British lost a pitched battle near the Old North Church. The British then were forced to retreat.
 
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The British thus began their retreat back to Charlestown. And like Napoleon in Russia were attacked throughout its retreat. Minutemen and militias from all over eastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire had marched down and were firing at the beleaguered British troops from the woods surrounding the retreat road.
 
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6. Board Game: The Battle of Bunker Hill [Average Rating:4.86 Unranked]
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The British troops awoke the morning of April 20th to find Boston under siege. Colonial militias now outnumbered and outgunned the British - but not enough to conquer the town.

Two months with the Patriots later getting the high ground, the British marched out and fought the Battle of Bunker Hill (actually on Breed's Hill). While a tactical victory for the British it proved that the colonials were determined to win their independence.

"Like rebels stout, they stood it out
And thought we ne'er could beat them."
-Unknown British officers poem about the Battle of Bunker Hill.
 
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7. Board Game: 13: The Colonies in Revolt [Average Rating:5.81 Overall Rank:11134]
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Proceed, great chief, with virtue on thy side,
Thy ev'ry action let the goddess guide.
A crown, a mansion, and a throne that shine,
With gold unfading, WASHINGTON! be thine.
-Phillis Wheatley

The actions of the colonials in Massachusetts became the national cause. The Continental Congress made the ragtag group of militias into a national army. Placed in charge of this army was a Virginia planter who had some experience in the Virginia militia - George Washington.

On March 17, 1776, Washington managed to drive the British from Boston with cannon from Fort Ticonderoga.
 
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We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
-Thomas Jefferson

On the 4th of July, 1776, the Continental Congress affirmed the actions of Massachusetts and codified its Declaration of Independence. The document was ground breaking in both its declaration of specific rights to the colonists and general rights to all men. It very words were then faithfully ignored by its writer as he kept many of the men "created equal" in chains far worse than he was breaking from Britain.
 
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In 1897, several men gathered on Patriots Day in Ashland Massachusetts and then proceeded to run the entire 24 and a half miles to Irvington Oval in Boston, MA. The race has been run for the 112 years since on Patriots Day and today is still one of the most prestigious races in the world.
 
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In 1959 the Red Sox began playing an early game every year on Patriots Day. Most years the game starts at 11 am, which I believe is the earliest start time for any game all season.

Last I saw the score today it was 8-0 Red Sox; you guys in Dallas have to convince the Rangers to get some relief pitching!
 
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11. Board Game: Patriot Challenge [Average Rating:4.00 Unranked]
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Thus every year we in Massachusetts celebrate how this nation started and our ancestor's involvement thereof, no matter how much some say we are not Patriots! (I hope Ann Coulter is reading this).

In 1894 Julia Ward Howe read a poem to commemorate Patriots Day:

Our Country

On primal rocks she wrote her name
The towns were reared on holy graves;
The golden seed that bore her came
Swift-winged with prayer o'er ocean waves

The forest bowed his solemn crest,
And open flung his sylvan doors;
Fresh rivers led the appointed guests
To clasp the wide-embracing shores.

Till fold by fold the broidered land,
To swell virgin vestments grew;
While sages, strong in heart and hand,
Her virtue's fiery girdle drew.

O exile of the wrath of kings!
O pilgrim ark of liberty!
The refuge of the divinest things,
Their record must abide in thee.

So, happy Patriots Day! And I hope those in Dallas aren't too put out by not being allowed to watch the Rangers; and others who are waiting for a work email from somebody in Boston, this is why you won't get it today.
 
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12. Board Game: The American Revolution: Decision in North America [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:7193]
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Best game on the American Revolutionary war

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13. Board Game: Don't Tread On Me: The American Revolution Solitaire Board Game [Average Rating:7.93 Overall Rank:4718]
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One of the BEST solitaire wargames I have ever played, along with being one of the best American revolutionary war games I have ever played, uses the Vietnam war solitaire system with a lot of meat on it to portray the American Revolutionary war. Intuitive solitaire game and a R Ben Madison Classic(Mound Builders, Death in the Trenches, Swing states).
 
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