When James Lovell becomes a teacher at the Boston Latin School alongside his father, he realizes he will never agree with his father’s views about the growing British and American conflict. James desperately wants to help the American cause, but when he is arrested for spying, alone in a dark, cold cell of the Boston Stone Jail, his dreams seem a faint illusion.
In icy March winds, pounded by the Americans’ cannon, General Howe evacuates British troops and Loyalists from Boston. James is forced into a ship bound for Halifax, while his father and family take passage for the British stronghold in the ship’s upper berth. In jail in Halifax, James can only write letters and pray for release, hoping General George Washington will hear his appeal.
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In Revolutionary Times the British fort in Halifax, Nova Scotia, The Citadel, kept the British interests strong. James Lovell endured months in the Hollis Street jail in Halifax. His father, Master John Lovell, and family became expatriates, Loyalists relocated to Nova Scotia.
Confrontations in Boston, including the Boston Massacre, tar and feathering, and mob violence culminated in the gathering of troops and the first armed conflict in Concord and Lexington. On that day the Boston Latin School was closed, for months.