Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on February 28, 1976 · Page 7
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Sat., Feb. 28. IU76 GHEELEY (Colo.) TRIBUNE 7 Next week marks the first engagement by U.S. Marine forces KDITOK'S NOTE -- The U.S. Marines won the day (he first time they landed on an enemy beach. Their victory gave the American He volution a boost. By DON McLEOD Associated Press Writer - If Ihe Americans had known how difficult 1776 was going to be for their Army, Ihey might never have declared for inde- pendPnce. But the spring of ('..at year of national birth was glorious. Boston was liberated in March. Tory uprisings in the South were suppressed. A British invasion of Charleston was repulsed. Forlgn friends began sending aid. And, perhaps most encouraging of all, the young Continental Navy was taking Ihe war to the enemy. On March 3, l?7fi, 200 years ago this week, the U.S. Marines stormed an enemy beach for the first lime. "The first American fleet that ever swelled their sails on Ihe Western ocean," boasted a colonial newspaper, "sailed from Philadelphia amidst acclamation of many thousands assembled on the joyous occasion." Disregarding orders to palrol the southern coasts, Commodore Esek Hopkins, commander-in-chief of the new navy, sailed straight for the British Bahamas and dropped anchor off Grand Abaco Island March 1. While there, Hopkins captured two island sloops and confirmed from their crews his highest hopes. New Providence Island held a large store of arms and powder desperately needed by the Continental forces and was defended only by local militia. But assaulting the town of Nassau was a risky business. An island protected the narrow harbor, and each entrance was commanded by a fort. So Hopkins packed his marines below decks on the two captured ships and on his own sloop Providence. The three innocent-looking craft, he hoped, could sail into the harbor without raising suspicion. But the American Navy had a lot to learn about fleet operations. Hopkins' warships sailed so close behind the sloops that dawn discovered the entire force hearing Jown on Nassau. The harbor pilot rushed tc government house where he roused Gov. Monlford Browne, who hastened to Ihe fort still in his nightshirt and ordered three shots fired in alarm. Two of the weapons collapsed under the strain. Shortly after noon the Providence and the schooner Wasp, guns loaded and run out, swept in close to the beach six miles west of town and set out whaleboats filled with Marines. From Fort Montague, militia LI. John Pratt saw the marines and senl half his scant GO men "to reconnoitre and if possible prevent their landing." But by the lime they arrived 234 Amtrican Marines and 50 sailors were ashore and formed into marching ranks. Colorado briefs DENVER (UPI) - The Board of Education will study new school integration proposals Friday which were developed by school slaff members at the order of U.S. District Judge William Doyle! Earlier this month, the federal court judge told the scfcno! board to prepare plans for fulltime pairing of 30 elementary schools, which now are paired on half-day sessions, plus plans for desegregating four predominantly Hispano elementary schools. The four schools with a large Hispano enrollment had been exempt from Ihe desegregation order because they had bilingual-bicultural education programs. The judge also ordered a modification in (he bilingual- bicultural programs. DENVER t U P I ) - William II. Merrill, suspended director of Senior Services, Inc., a federally funded program which provides employment for senior citizens, has been charged with stealing $1(1,470 from the program, officials said Thursday. A 43-count information filed in district court accused Merrill of taking (he money during a lime period from June, 1974, to September, 1975. He was director of the program for two years. Officials accused Merrill of receiving a kickback on checks issued to four co-defendants. M e a n w h i l e , G o v e r n o r Browne, apologizing Tor his tardiness and explaining he had been detained .by "a violent fit of Cholick," arrived and led the main body of militia, still only about do men, to reinforce the fort. Browne dispatched a party to reinforce the patrol at the beach, but the reinforcements only ran into the main body of militia beating a hasty retreat. Back down the trail the Marines, not knowing most of the defenders had fled, were in a precarious position, making their way around-a deep cove, "with a prodigious thicket on one side, the water on the other, entirely open to their view." Suddenly, the column was shaken by three cannon shots from the fort. Word soon returned that resistance had collapsed. The shots had been fired by two men left behind to cover the retreat. Capt. Samuel Nicholas decided to spend the night in the abandoned fort. Sensing a lack of enthusiasm among the defenders, Hopkins applied psychological warfare with a proclamation saying he only wanted the munitions "and if I am not opposed ... the Persons and Property of the Inhabitants Shall be Safe." But Governor Browne was to have one satisfaction. He loaded 162 barrels of gunpowder onto two ships which slipped out the western entrance to the harbor, incredibly left unguarded by Hopkins. He could have saved it all but feared this "might enrage a disappointed enemy, and induce them to burn the town, and commit other depredations." With tire powder safely away and Hopkins' offer of kind treatment,resistance collapsed. Hopkins then brought his victorious fleet into the harbor and began gathering the booty. It totaled 88 cannon, 15 mortars, thousands of shot and shells, 24 casks of powder and various other supplies. There was so much loot il took two weeks to load it, and Hopkins had to press an island schooner inlo service to carry the overload. On March 16 Hopkins set sail, taking Browne with him, apparently in pique over losing most of the powder. The governor was later pa- roled, the armed schooner Hawke, the 20-gun British frigate Glasgow, 4 to 1. London, Conn., on April 8, 1776, On the homeward voyage the first British warship to be cap- which mauled the heavily-laden But despite the concluding at the conclusion of the most fleet took three prizes, a small tured by the Continental Navy. Americans and then made good embarrassment, the American successful naval operation of English sloop, a large rig, and The flotilla also ran into the her escape, although outgunned Heel dropped anchor off New the Revolution. 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