It's a cold day in Boston, and there is talk of dumping the British tea into the harbor later in the week in an act of political protest. Edward has the choice to join up with the protesters or continue with his life, but he is indecisive about which choice to make.
[[ Persuade him to ignore the Boston Tea Party |Ignore the Tea Party]]
[[ Persuade him to join the Tea Party |Join Sons of Liberty]]Today is December 9, 1773. Many American owned tea businesses and importers are concerned about the Tea Act of May 10, 1773, which allowed the British East India company to undercut businesses and sell tea for cheaper prices than domestic shops. Because of the undercutting, there is growing concern and dissent in urban areas by the American populace. These colonists have rallied against these policies and grown distasteful over the forced lack of future options because of British influence.
[[ Continue | Family Background]]You are Henrietta Josephine Douglas. You live in Boston, Massachusetts, with your husband, Edward, and your three children. Maxwell, your oldest son who is 15, Hudson, who is 8, and Delilah, your daughter who is 1. Edward works for a wealthy merchant who sells British goods, but does not earn much money, making your family from the lower class.
[[ Tea Party Rumors |Rumors of the Boston Tea Party]] Edward decides to ignore the Tea Party protests. He leaves for work but returns later in the day and tells you that the shop has serious property damage from getting ransacked by two members of the Sons of Liberty. The shop had been singled out because they sold British goods and hadn't joined the patriot movement.
[[ Continue |Unemployed]]
Edward tells you that he is deciding to join the Sons of Liberty to dump tea into the harbor. He tells you that the Sons of Liberty is an organization of men who are in charge of protecting the colonists rights. Their main responisbility is to fight taxation imposed by the British government.
[[ Dump British tea |Join the Tea Party]]On the night of the Boston Tea Party, Edward leaves with the Sons of Liberty to dump the tea. Upon return he tells you in detail that there were many colonists participating in the dumping of the tea. He then explains the reason for the dumping of the British tea overboard. This was done due to anger from having to pay taxes on British tea and realizing that colonists would be put out of business.
[[Continue | Post-Tea Party]]The shop is ruined and Edward is unemployed because the owner can no longer afford both Edward's wage and the reperation cost. Edward doesn't like the political unrest and the damage that it has caused. He has the choice to join the British army to police the unruly population or join the Sons of Liberty to have immunity from any extremist actions.
[[ Persuade Edward to enlist to the British Army |Enlist with British]]
[[ Persuade Edward to join the Sons of Liberty |Join Sons of Liberty]]Edward enlists in the British army. Overtime he completes his training, and he starts to police the Boston area as you advised him to. The pay is good and he gets to put down riots but the populace strongly dislikes him. Things begin to escalate during the Intolerable Acts, and one day he returns home injured after being assaulted by a group of rioters.
[[ Persuade him to continue as a British Soldier |Intolerable Acts and Lexington/Concord (Loyalist)]]
[[ Perusade him to join the Sons of Liberty to spy on the British |Spying (Lexington and Concord)]]The rioters begin to become more and more violent. Eventually, Edward tells you that he has received orders to capture and destroy colonist military supplies, and that he must leave for some time. When he returns he explains how he and a large group of British regulars destroyed a weapons depot, but encountered the Minutemen who they fought and were eventually forced back to Boston. He says he feels guilty for fighting his own countrymen.
[[Persuade him to stay loyalist |Siege of Boston (Loyalist)]]
[[Persuade him to desert the British army |Desert]]
History.com Staff. “Battles of Lexington and Concord.” History.com, A&E Television Networks, 2009, www.history.com/topics/american-revolution/battles-of-lexington-and-concord.Edward starts to help the militia by relaying important information to them. Over time he tells you about how he helped leak the British plans for Lexington and Concord weeks before so that the milita could move some of their supplies. The night of the expedition he helps warn some riders like Paul Revere.
[[ Continue |Siege of Boston (Patriot)]]
Holleman, Charles. “Two British Officers in Massachusetts Undertook Spy Missions That Led to the Battles of Lexinton and Concord.” Ebsco Host, Weider History Group, Nov. 2006.Edward deserts the local British army as you advised. Since desertion is a crime, he must keep a low profile.
[[ Convince Edward to not get involved | Siege of Boston (Neutral)]]
[[ Convince Edward to join the patriot movement |Siege of Boston (Patriot)]]Edward sends letters home often throughout the siege. He explains his duties in the Battle of Bunker Hill which he took part in. During this battle, Edward is injured. He says it is just a flesh wound, but does not realize the severity of the wound. Eventually, you stop receiving letters from Edward.
[[Wait for news from Edward | Waiting ]]
[[Leave the city | Evacuation]]The rebellion is starting to pick up and the city is being sieged by the American Patriots. The siege of Boston is relentless, and takes place over 11 months. In the end, Edward finally returns and you are overjoyed that he is not dead. He wonders whether they should settle down in the newly liberated city of continue fighting for the patriots. If they join the Patriots, you and your children will follow the Continental Army.
[[ Convince Edward to join the stationed Patriot army | Continental Army]]
[[ Convince Edward to settle down | Settle (END)]]
Brown, Moses. The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography
Vol. 1, No. 2 (1877), pp. 168-174
Political tension in Boston is very high now, Henrietta has a choice to boycott British goods and continue assisting the Patriot movement, or staying neutral to avoid problems.
[[Boycott the British goods | Boycott]]
[[Stay neutral, you have been involved enough | Neutral]]
Hattem, Michael, et al. “Independence Chapter 5.” American Yawp, 2017, www.americanyawp.com/text/05-the-american-revolution/.You decide to assist boycotting the British and ask Edward to assist you. He agrees, and from then on you only buy American made goods. Because of this he's inspired to join the militia and resist the British.
[[ Continue | Shopping ]]You decide to not boycott the British goods for convenience, however when you meet up with a group of patriotic women, they begin to doubt your loyalty to the Patriots. Many of them contribute in some way or another and question why you do nothing to show your patriotism. They all begin to suspect your lack of patriotism.
[[ Help raise funds for the colonial militia | Raise funds]]
[[ Do nothing| Siege of Boston (Neutral)]]
“A Society of Patriotic Ladies, at Edenton in North Carolina” 25 March 1775. Library of Congress. <.loc.gov/item/96511606/ >. 12 March 2018.Now that the siege is over, the small rebellion is now picking up, and the Continental Army is starting to attract new members, you included. Like many other women you decide to tag along behind the army to take care of the wounded and cook for the men.
[[Continue | Years pass]]You and your family stay in Boston and attempt to continue your lives as how they were before the war. Edward gets a new job at a newspaper printing press and you are no longer lower class since you do not have children to pay for anymore. Years pass and you and Edward have a happy marriage. You grow old with the love of your life and are happy with the choices you have made to bring you here. Hudson starts to become extremely ill from the smallpox. You ask Edward to come back to care for the child and earn money to pay for his extreme medications.
[[ Continue | Edward returns p2]]
Schuetze, Sarah. “Carrying Home the Enemy: Smallpox and Revolution in American Love and Letters” (1775-76). The University of North Carolina Press, Early American Literature.You believe that you can take care of the disease on your own, and do not contact Edward over the smallpox so he won't worry. You raise money for medication, but the medicine doesn't seem to work and your child's condition continues to worsen. During this time, you tell Maxwell to go fetch water for Hudson's fever. Unfortunately, the water was contaminated with fecal matter and all your children contract cholera and die miserably.
[[ Continue | Lonely Henrietta]]You decide to raise funds for the colonial militia. Because Boston is under British occupation, you will need to do this quietly or risk being executed for collaborating with the patriots. Overtime, you successfully raise a decent amount of money. Your peers no longer doubt your loyalty and you can continue aiding the movement, or chose not to at no cost.
[[ Produce goods for the militia| Produce goods ]]
[[Boycott the British goods | Boycott]]
[[Stay neutral, you have been involved enough | Neutral]]
Evans, Lewis. "Making The Revolution: America, 1763-1791." A Quaker Woman in Burlington... (1776): n. pag. America In Class. National Humanities Center, Dec. 1776. Web. 8 Mar. 2018.You try your best to remain neutral and convince Edward not to get involved for his safety. The siege is long and takes place over a span of 11 months. Towards the end of the siege the colonists start to assume that you are a loyalist, which leads to trouble.
[[ Leave when the siege is over| Evacuation]]
You start to sew and weave uniforms and produce other supplies for the militia. Since this has to be done in secret, you smuggle these items out in hopes of not getting caught.
[[Boycott the British goods | Boycott]]
[[ Raise more funds for the colonial militia | Raise funds]]
[[Stay neutral, you has been involved enough | Neutral]]
"Women in South Carolina Experience Occupation." The American Yawp Reader. N.p., 1819. Web. 08 Mar. 2018.The British decide to evacuate Boston. All Loyalists, including your family, leave with the British for Canada.
[[ Continue | Ship Wreck ]]
History.com Staff. “British Evacuate Boston.” History.com, A&E Television Networks, 2009, www.history.com/this-day-in-history/british-evacuate-boston.You feel lonely and hopeless due to your children's death and Edward's absence. In your deep despair you come to the realization that women live in a patriarchal system without many rights. You hear from your patriot group about a woman named Abigail Adams who supported women's rights and become inspired to take a more active role in the community.
[[ Continue | Nurse (Lexington and Concord)]]
One day you buy a used blanket and by pure bad luck it seemed to be tainted with smallpox. Your child, Hudson, contracts the disease and becomes majorly ill. Since small pox are at an all time rise, it is crucial that you cure the disease quickly before it spreads and leads to death. Hudson is in desperate need of medical help before it is too late.
[[Convince Edward to come back and help | Edward returns]]
[[Care for Hudson | Henrietta Childcare]]On the way towards your destination the ship runs into a freak storm and the ship capsizes. Everyone on the ship has fallen into the cold ocean water, inlcuding yourself and your family. Eventually, everyone on the ship passes away because of their inability to swim in the cold water. Because of all your pain and suffering from losing your three children to disease you begin to feel guilty and want to devote your life to helping others. One day you hear of the conflict in Lextington and Concord, and get the perfect opportunity to work as a nurse. You decide to pack your belongings to nurse the wounded militia in order to forget about your tragic life.
[[ Pack your belongings | Arrive]]Edward returns, but he is too late, and Hudson is near death. You and Edward try everything possible to help Hudson survive this small pox epidemic, but unfortunately the medications provided are not strong enough and Hudson passes away.
[[ Continue | Moving Back]]You feel lonely and hopeless due to Edward's absence. You receive a letter from your Aunt Margaret, a nurse in the war. You find out that Edward's wound became seriously infected, leading to his death. This tragedy creates a sense of guilt within you, since you were unable to help your husband. Because of Edward's death, you contemplate the idea of becoming a nurse.
[[ Pursue nursing | Nurse ]]
[[ Stay in the colonies | Evacuation]]
[[ Seek religion | Religion]]You become a nurse and follow the British Army to tend to soldiers who are wounded, along with cooking and serving them. You follow the troops to Saratoga. A battle with the Continental army erupts and you are called to help the troops.
[[ Continue | DEAD (END)]]
Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
Vol. 31, No. 3, BICENTENNIAL ISSUE (JULY 1976), pp. 271-291
You finally arrive at the camp where the nurses tend for the wounded soldiers. You are majorly outnumbered by the amount of wounded soldiers and realize that nursing is not going to be an easy profession. You decide to stick it out because you feel it is your duty to help others heal and live their lives, since you werent able to help your children do so. During your time here you run into Edward and a overjoyed to be reunited with him.
[[ Continue | Nursing Soldiers (END)]]You are now stuck living a lonley life without Edward and you need something to distract you from it, so you turn to religion. You see a flier for the Old North Church seeking volunteers for their church services and you decide to join and begin voluteering there. In the Church you find a new meaning in life and pursue God.
[[ Continue | New Life]]
Hartog, Jonahan Den. "Religion and Politics in the American Revolution and Beyond." Ebsco Host, University of Pennsylvania Press.It is now October of 1781 and you are treating the wounded soldiers in Yorktown under General George Washington. Edward is fighting the British alongside the rest of the Continental Army. From the way the soldiers you are treating say, the battle seems to be in the favor of the Continental Army's favor. You feel ecstatic and that your work serving soldiers has paid off after all these years of battles.
[[ Continue | British Defeated (END)]]With the surrender of General Cornwalis and his army, the battle is won. You, Edward, and your children can finally return home and live in peace and freedom. Years pass and you and Edward have a happy marriage. Your children are attending school now to pursue a better life than you had. You grow old with the love of your life and are happy with the choices you have made to bring you here. While volunteering, you meet a man who is a Preacher. The preacher's name is Jonathan and you can discern that he has grown fond of you. Years have passed since your family's tragidy and you have started a new life married to Jonathan. The war has already ended and there is finally peace and freedom in the colonies. You and Jonathan start a church together and all is well.
[[ Continue | Church Gal (END)]]You and Jonathans's church has grown to become successful, and you enjoy a peaceful life helping people in need and guiding lost people with your husband. You grow old with your husband and eventually die of old age with your new love.You get word of a wounded soldier that needs your immediate aid. You, a soldier, and another nurse rush to bring in the wounded soldier from the battlefield. You find the soldier and help carry him to safety, but you are hit with a stray bullet and die. The British army loses the battle and surrenders.After the battle of Lexington and Concord, you find solace in helping wounded soldiers. You decide to continue in nursing, and over the years you treat countless soldiers fighting for independence. As women are not allowed to enlist as a soldier, you feel as if saving soldiers is your way of fighting to gain freedom from the British.In grieving, you and Edward decide it would be easier to move back to England where both of your families live.
As the week passes by, you pack up your belongings, and prepare for the journey. You depart the next morning.
[[ Continue | Ship Wreck ]]