~ Captain William Diego, commenting on the defense of Boston Harbor.
The band led an insurgency in Boston Harbor. It was doomed as it was badly led and under-equipped, whereas the military force was well financed, numerically superior and ruthless. The uprising was put down in 3 weeks and the conflagration laid waste to a good portion of downtown Boston, Charlestown and Cambridge. Former Captain William Diego participated and and oversaw the executions of the ringleaders.
Although in reality the conflict was a foregone conclusion, the media coverage of the battle portrayed Diego as the one who kept the peace and restored order, and became a national hero.