“The rebels have done more in one night than my whole army would have done in a month.”
General Howe, March 5, 1776
After Colonel Henry Knox brought the artillery from Ticonderoga to the siege lines around Boston in January 1776, Washington gathered together the powder and ammunition for the cannon. By early March he was ready. Occupying high points around Boston with artillery to divert British attention. Beginning on the evening of March 2, he conducted nightly bombardments of Boston. The bombardments continued on March 3 and March 4. However, on March 4, he also had General John Thomas lead 2000 men to occupy Dorchester Heights to the south of Boston. Hay bales were placed between the path taken by the Americans and Boston Harbor in order to muffle the sound of the movement.