Settlers in Boston, Massachusetts had to dodge salutes to the town. This tragedy actually took place on July 1, 1745 in Boston, Massachusetts.
Transcribed from The Maryland Gazette (Annapolis, Maryland) July 26, 1745
Saturday last about Sunset, the Snow Caesar, in the Service of this Government, fell (sailed?) down to Nantucket in order to sail for Cape Breton, with 70 or 80 Seamen raised at Rhode-Island, to help to man the Vigilant Man of War.
Boston Harbor 1770 (Colonial Society of Massachusetts)
On coming to sail, she saluted the Town with 7 Guns, some of which, if not all, being shotted, one of the Shot went over the Town as far as Newbury Street, and broke a Woman’s Thigh, as she was standing in a Garden with several other Persons: Her Thigh was cut off by a skilful Surgeon, and all possible Care is taken of her, but it is much feared she will not recover. Another Shot (a double-headed one) took off the Limb of a Tree and was taken up in the Rope Walk near Fort-Hill.
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