“Sons of Liberty” Episode Three “Independence” aired last Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at 9 PM on The History Channel. In this episode, General Thomas Gage (Marton Csokas) and his troops took Bunker Hill and defeated the rebel troops. However, Paul Revere (Michael Raymond-James) was joined and reinforced by General George Washington (Jason O’Mara). Meanwhile, John Hancock (Rafe Spall), John Adams (Henry Thomas), Samuel “Sam” Adams (Ben Barnes) and Benjamin Franklin (Dean Norris) convinced Congress, with Hancock presiding, to unite and declare independence, and in doing so wrote and signed the Declaration on Independence on July 4, 1776. Read on to learn more about this episode.
The episode opened where it left off, on April 19, 1775, at Lexington, Massachusetts, where Tim Kelly (Diarmaird Murtagh) and his men faced off with Major John Pitcairn (Kevin Ryan) and his regiment of marines. Meanwhile, Paul Revere (Michael Raymond-James) ran into several redcoats but was saved by both Samuel “Sam” Adams (Ben Barnes) and John Hancock (Rafe Spall), who shot the soldiers going after Paul. Paul then decided to ride ahead towards Concord to warn them, while Sam and Hancock headed towards safety. Pitcairn was informed that Sam and Hancock were not there anymore. Because of this, he tried to torture Kelly in order to learn who had warned the two, but Kelly refused to say anything. Afterwards, he had him shot, and told the troops to march to Concord.
At James Barrett’s farm, William Dawes (Lex Shrapnel), Paul’s friend, helped the men hide the weapons, gunpowder and cannons in the ground and in the woods. When Paul arrived, he instructed them all to stay in the woods, guns ready. Pitcairn then came and he and his men searched the farm but found nothing. Afterwards, before they got ready to leave the farm, he had James Barrett beaten up, and as he was about the pull the trigger on him, Paul and his men fired at them. The British, who were surprised, hastily retreated and lost their flag. Back in the city, General Thomas Gage (Marton Csokas) was not happy at what had happened. However, he realized that his wife, Margaret Kemble Gage (Emily Berrington), an American who was carrying on an affair with Dr. Joseph Warren (Ryan Eggold), was the one who had warned Warren and his friends that they were coming. Because of this, he locked her inside her room.
At the colonial encampment, John Adams (Henry Thomas) came and told Sam that they needed him immediately in Pennsylvania as a Second Continental Congress had been called. However, Sam refused to go because he did not believe that going there would do any good and he would rather fight. However, Hancock convinced him to go, as Hancock knew that the British were now going to try to buy everyone with power and money to be on their side. Sam finally agreed to go on the condition that Hancock was going with them as well. Paul and Warren decided to stay behind in order to hold the lines.
Meanwhile, Gage wrote a letter to Parliament and asked for more reinforcements, as they were now officially at war with the colonial rebels. He then instructed his men to seal the entire city and to make sure that no one comes in or out of the city.
At Pennsylvania, everyone blamed Sam for what was happening, even though he told them that he was willing to work with them towards a solution. After realizing that they were losing men they needed on their side, the three of them paid a visit to Benjamin Franklin (Dean Norris), who told them they would never get what they truly want—freedom to live their lives the way they see fit—from England. He then made them realize that what they and he wanted was a new country comprised of all of the thirteen colonies in America. He then told them that they are going to try to sell the idea to the others, beginning with Thomas Jefferson, who was also on it since the beginning. As soon as they went back to Congress, Hancock, Jefferson and John worked and tried to appeal to the sensibilities of the congressional delegates from the different colonies. However, Sam, who did not think much of this method, stayed at their table, while George Washington (Jason O’Mara) silently went around the room. Back in Boston, Paul was told that they had the entire area surrounded and that their own militia was growing, but these men who were joining up were inexperienced and untrained. This made Paul worried as he knew that they would not be able to withstand a full-scale attack from the British.
On June 16, 1775, General Gage decided to break the stalemate. General Clint then suggested that they should take Bunker Hill, even though it meant the loss of many lives, because he knew that they would be able to claim victory. Because of this, Gage took his chances and ordered the men to march at dawn. At Bunker Hill, as soon as Warren and his men saw the British ships coming, they began to fortify the hill and began preparing their weapons. As the battle began, the British fired at them with cannons, which forced them to go to higher ground. Paul then told the men to get behind the main fortifications, and rode out into the field to plant several sticks in the ground. As soon as the British advanced and stepped on the markers, they began to fire on them, causing the first wave of British soldiers to retreat. Gage instructed Pitcairn to lead the second advance. As they charged, Warren instructed Peter Salem, an excellent marksman, to aim for the officers. Because of him, Pitcairn fell. However, Salem himself was shot. As the British broke through to the camp, Paul, who had been shot in the arm, told Warren to get out as fast as he could, but Warren stubbornly refused to leave. Instead, he went to the front line and fought bravely. He was injured in the leg by a British bullet and was gunned down by Gage himself, who made sure to smear his hand with his blood and ordered to have his body mutilated.
Back in his house, he informed Margaret that Warren is dead, and washed off Warren’s blood in her washbasin. He then told her that she was going back to England, and locked her room. At Congress, not everyone was in favor yet of uniting against the British. However, after John broke the news that Bunker Hill had fallen and that their friend, Warren, had died, Washington broke the silence and informed them that he was going to Boston himself to finish off Gage. Back in Boston, Gage decided to launch a full-scale attack as soon as possible without waiting for the reinforcements from London that were already on their way.
In Pennsylvania, Sam decided to leave because he felt that he was of no use there. However, Hancock reminded him that he had not really done anything yet to help them win over the others, and told him to stay, because he knew that Sam had the power to convince everyone else who had their own agendas in mind to come over to their side. After all, Sam had convinced Hancock, who had lost everything for the cause. Sam did ride out but, after a while, realized that he was making a mistake and turned back and decided to help them win the others to their side, only if they tried it his way.
At the colonial encampment, Paul’s hopes rose up after Washington, now a general, and his 6,000 men showed up. Gage, who learned from his informant that Washington had arrived to help the rebels, decided to talk to Washington in person. Back in Congress, Sam talked to the other delegates and told them the truth without sugarcoating things. He told them that he knew that no matter what the colonists did, the British would definitely come and take everything away from them. Later that night, Gage met up with Washington and Paul. They talked about their past together, when they fought in the French-Indian War, and Gage, who had recognized that they needed to get out of Boston before it was too late, asked for safe passage out of Boston. If they didn’t agree, they would raze the entire city to the ground, just like they did to Charleston. Washington then agreed and later on told Paul that they would allow them safe passage but would follow them so that they would be able to deal with them better next time.
Back in Congress, Benjamin pulled Hancock aside and told him to preside over Congress when things come to vote. At first, Hancock was reluctant, but Benjamin told him that he was the right man for the job because he had known where he came from and knew where he ended up.
In March 16, 1776, the British evacuated Boston. The citizens of the city then tore down and burned the British flag and celebrated. However, Washington and Paul knew that the fight was hardly done yet. Back in Pennsylvania, Benjamin decided that it was time that someone wrote down their ideas, their declaration of independence.
To this end, John asked Jefferson, who was not from Boston, to write it for them. However, that night, Paul went to Sam, who was drinking with the other delegates, and told him that the British warships were heading to New York Harbor and that Washington and his men were on their way, as they only had a few days to prepare for the attack. He then warned Sam that they were out of time and they needed things to be done as soon as possible.
The next day, Sam took the floor and told Congress that they needed to declare independence from Britain so that they would be able to be free to live the way that they wanted to live, so that they would have freedom.
In July 4, 1776, the house voted with Hancock presiding, and the resolution for independence was passed. John Hancock, Sam Adams, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and all the congressional delegates signed the Declaration of Independence, which was then copied and distributed all over the thirteen colonies.
At the New York Harbor, General George Washington read the opening statement of the Declaration to his men and led the charge against the British in the fight for their independence, with his flag bearers waving the new flag of the United States of America behind him.
And that was all for the recap of the final episode of “Sons of Liberty” Episode Three “Independence.”
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