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Encyclopedia > The Fifth of March

The Fifth of March is a 1993 novel about the Boston Massacre (of March 5, 1770, pre-<nowiki>Insert non-formatted text here</nowiki>Revolutionary War) by historian and author Ann Rinaldi, who was also the author of many other historical fiction novels such as Girl in Blue and A Break with Charity. Engraving by Paul Revere that sold widely in the colonies The Boston Massacre was the killing of five civilians by British troops on March 5, 1770 and its legal aftermath, which helped spark the American Revolutionary War. ... March 5 is the 64th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (65th in leap years). ... Battle of Chesma, by Ivan Aivazovsky. ... Ann Rinaldi (b. ... A Break with Charity: A Story about the Salem Witch Trials (ISBN 0-15-204682-8) is a novel by Ann Rinaldi released in 1992, and is part of the Great Episodes series. ...

This book is about a young fourteen-year-old indentured servant girl named Rachel Marsh who finds herself changing as she meets many people, including young Matthew Kilroy, a British private. DON'T READ IT ITS REALLY BORING.


Fourteen-year-old Rachel Marsh, a servant for John and Abigail Adams, while seeking for a place and yearning to self-educate herself through books in order to free herself from her over-bearing Uncle Eb, one day meets a young British soldier named Matthew Kilroy of the twenty-fifth regiment. She immediately befriends him, and the two become close. Abigail Smith Adams (November 11, 1744 – October 28, 1818) was the wife of the second President of the United States, and is seen as the second First Lady of the United States, though that term was not coined until after her death. ...

On March 5, 1770, Matthew Kilroy is one of the many British soldiers that fire at the mob of angry colonists, and is charged with manslaughter. The commander, Captain Thomas Preston is found innocent. Matthew Kilroy and another soldier named Hugh Montgomery were both convicted of manslaughter, they were branded on their thumbs.

It is then that Rachel realizes that she has to sacrifice the place she had worked so hard to earn in order to save the life of a dear friend. She must risk her reputation, whatever happens to her in the future.

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  • Boise State page on the book



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