How Well Do You Know Salem's Revolutionary War History?

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Revolutionary War Quizzes & Trivia

In the spirit of Patriot's Day, test your knowledge of Salem's role in the early days of the American Revolution.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    When the British sent troops to Salem on February 27, 1775 to seize cannons stored nearby, where did their ships land?
    • A. 

      The Old North River

    • B. 

      Marblehead

    • C. 

      Winter Island

    • D. 

      Collins Cove

  • 2. 
    Leslie's Retreat involved which prominent British officer?
    • A. 

      General Leslie Nielson

    • B. 

      Colonel Alexander Leslie

    • C. 

      Lieutenant Samuel Leslie

    • D. 

      General Richard Leslie

  • 3. 
    What exactly was Leslie's Retreat?
    • A. 

      A strategic action undertaken during a blistering cavalry charge

    • B. 

      A move that was forced after the British became pinned down by Patriot artillery on Highland Avenue

    • C. 

      A summer resting spot near the present-day Salem Willows for British officers

    • D. 

      A face-saving deal that allowed the British to briefly cross over the Salem drawbridge and then return to Boston.

  • 4. 
    Who was the local minister who arranged the agreement that allowed the Leslie's Retreat incident to go forward without any shots fired?
    • A. 

      Thomas Bernard

    • B. 

      Increase Mather

    • C. 

      Samuel Parish

    • D. 

      William Brewster

  • 5. 
    What was one of Salem's most noteworthy contributions to the Revolutionary War effort?
    • A. 

      As a hotbed of naval privateers

    • B. 

      The artillery training ground on Highland Avenue

    • C. 

      The center of Washington's spy network

    • D. 

      The Marine base on Winter Island

  • 6. 
    Local Patriots met regularly at the site of what present-day Salem business?
    • A. 

      Red's Sandwich Shop

    • B. 

      Front Street Coffeehouse

    • C. 

      Steve's Market

    • D. 

      Bill and Bob's

  • 7. 
    An African-American soldier who crossed the Delaware with Washington is also credited with fighting off a couple of robbers while carrying a large amount of money from Salem to Portsmouth. After the war he became a free man. Who was this man?
    • A. 

      Prince Whipple

    • B. 

      Amos Hutchins

    • C. 

      Crispus Attucks

    • D. 

      Henry Wilson

  • 8. 
    Salem's Colonel Timothy Pickering was:
    • A. 

      Accused of war crimes against the British

    • B. 

      Thought to harbor some loyalist tendencies

    • C. 

      Vice President under James Monroe

    • D. 

      The builder of Pickering Wharf

  • 9. 
    Away from Salem, Colonel Pickering is remembered by historians for:
    • A. 

      Killing a prominent loyalist in a duel

    • B. 

      Building the "Great Chain" that blocked British Naval access up the Hudson River

    • C. 

      Transporting the seized cannon from Fort Ticonderoga to Boston Harbor

    • D. 

      Securing a treaty of military cooperation with the M'ikmaq Indian Nation

  • 10. 
    Later in life, Timothy Pickering:
    • A. 

      Supported the secession of New England from the U.S.

    • B. 

      Served in Congress, the U.S. Senate and Secretary of State as a Federalist politician

    • C. 

      Was a farmer at his home on Broad Street

    • D. 

      All of the above

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