General George Washington's Headquarters in Cambridge, Massachussets by John Adams Whipple – 1855

View (taken by John Adams Whipple of Boston in 1855) of General Washington’s Head-quarters in Cambridge, Massachusets, during the seige of Boston, in 1776. The following description of the house is taken from Benson J. Lossing’s  “Pictorial Field Book of the Revolution” (1850).

“Arrived at Old Cambridge, I parted company with the vehicle and driver that conveyed me from Concord to Lexington, and hither; and as the day was fast declining, I hastened to sketch the headquarters of Washington, an elegant and spacious edifice, standing in the midst of shrubbery and stately elms, a little distance from the street, once the highway from Harvard University to Waltham. At this mansion, and at Winter Hill, Washington passed most of his time, after taking command of the Continental army, until the evacuation of Boston in the fol­lowing spring. Its present owner is Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, professor of modern languages in Harvard University, and widely known in the world of literature as one of the most gifted men of the age.”

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