March 3, 1776

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Silas Deane travels to France on a secret mission.  He is instructed by the Committee of Secret Corresondence that if he meets with French Foreign Minister Vergennes, he is to stress America’s need for military stores and assure him that the colonies are moving toward “total separation.”

In Yamacraw, South Carolina, the Battle of the Rice Boats took place in the Savannah River on the border of Georgia and South Carolina.  The Battle pitted the American militia against the Royal Navy.  After British warships attacked a group of merchant ships carrying rice, Georgia militia and South Carolina Whigs set HMS Inverness on fire along with HMS Nelly and 3 other ships.

Meanwhile, the plan to take Dorchester Heights continued.  Brigadier General William Heath writes to General Washington:  “I Visited the Guards on Yesterday, found them in Good Order, Ordered Grand Rounds to begin their Round at Eleven, Visiting Rounds at Three and Patroles between each Relief, Officers of the Day Report, That in the Night, they found the Guards Vigilant, & Sentinels remarkably Alert.  At Five this morning I visited the Guards at Lechmeres point, found them in the Works reinforced with five Companies of Colo. Phinny’s Regiment, was Informed that at Eleven at night a Cannonade and Bombardment on the Town of Boston, began from the Forts on Cobble Hill and Lechmeres Point, which was Seconded from the works at Lambs Dam in Roxbury, And Continued with Intervals Untill morning, During which Time the Thirteen & Ten Inch Mortars at Lechmeres Point, were Burst in Firing; After having Thrown a number of shells into the Town, The Enemy threw Shells and Fired a number of shott at our works, one Shell fell into the Citidel on Prospect Hill whereby the Platform of one of the Cannon was Damaged, But through the Interposition of Kind Providence there was no man either Killed or Wounded, nither did any of the Enemy’s Shells fall into the works on Lechmeres Point.”

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