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Leslie's Retreat & Salem Resistance: The Salem Connection - J.L. Bell

  • Salem Athenaeum 337 Essex Street Salem, MA, 01970 United States (map)

As part of a citywide commemoration of Leslie's Retreat, J. L. Bell presents a lecture that connects the confrontation in Salem on February 26, 1775 (known as "Leslie's Retreat") to the first battle of the American Revolution starting at Concord on April 19, 1775.
J. L. Bell is the proprietor of, a popular website dedicated to the history of the American Revolution in New England. A Fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society and American Antiquarian Society, he is author of the National Park Service's study of George Washington's work in Cambridge, and has delivered papers to the Massachusetts Historical Society, the Organization of American Historians, and historic sites around greater Boston. In May 2016, his first book, The Road to Concord: How Four Stolen Cannon Ignited the Revolutionary War was published as one of the first series of micro-histories published by the Journal of the American Revolution.  Bell is also one of the editors of Colonial Comics, a series that aims to entertain and educate about the 150 years of the American colonial era with stories about what life was like for not only the leaders but also Native Americans, women, free-thinkers, slaves and merchants.

$15; $10 Salem Athenaeum members; Free for students with ID.


This program is part of Leslie's Retreat and Salem Resistance, a series of programs offered from February through April 2017.  For details about related lectures, walking tours, and the Resistance Ball, please see