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Francis Merrifield’s Bible

Earlier this spring the Bonhams auction house offered for sale a Bible printed in Edinburgh in 1755. What made this particular Bible so notable were the handwritten inscriptions:[On the reverse of the title page] Cambridge, Jun 17 1775. I desire to bless...
From: Boston 1775 on 17 Jun 2016

Two Swords from the Battle of Bunker Hill

It’s that time of year, when Boston 1775’s thoughts turn to the anniversary of the Battle of Bunker Hill on 17 June.Boston Magazine’s website just featured one of the Massachusetts Historical Society’s most striking artifacts of...
From: Boston 1775 on 16 Jun 2016

The Return of the “Adams,” 17 June

Back in 2014, as I reported, the National Park Service removed the “Adams” cannon from the top of the Bunker Hill Monument for conservation work.On Friday, 17 June, the anniversary of the Battle of Bunker Hill, the “Adams” will...
From: Boston 1775 on 15 Jun 2016

Derek W. Beck’s Book Signings around Boston

With the launch of The Road to Concord coming up on Thursday, 2 June, I’m going to highlight some other Revolutionary literature of note. Derek W. Beck is coming to Massachusetts in June to talk about Igniting the American Revolution and The War...
From: Boston 1775 on 26 May 2016

William Dawes After His Ride

Most histories of the start of the Revolutionary War don’t say much about William Dawes after he escaped the British army officers who caught Paul Revere. (I discussed Dawes’s amusing anecdote about that episode here.)According to David H....
From: Boston 1775 on 13 Apr 2016

American Revolution Conference in Williamsburg, 18-20 March

On the weekend of 18-20 March, America’s History, LLC, will host its 5th Annual Conference on the American Revolution in Williamsburg, Virginia. There’s a stellar lineup of speakers, plus me.This conference will take place two months before...
From: Boston 1775 on 28 Feb 2016

Mapping Out a Map-Filled Visit to Boston

This weekend is your last chance to see the “We Are One: Mapping America’s Road from Revolution to Independence” exhibit at the Boston Public Library. And I heartily recommend doing so. Here’s my review of the show.The exhibit’s...
From: Boston 1775 on 25 Nov 2015

Richard Williams Maps the Siege of Boston

British Lieutenant Richard Williams was one of the few artists to document the siege of Boston from 1775 through 1776. He created maps, sketches, and watercolors of the places he visited. Today, this collection of imagery is in high demand by museums...

The Fate of the Rev. John Martin?

I promised more of the story of the Rev. John Martin, whom we left during the siege of Boston, preaching to the riflemen about how he’d taken command at Bunker Hill and perhaps marrying deserter George Marsden to young bride Wilmot Lee in Medford...
From: Boston 1775 on 27 Jun 2015

The Mysterious Minister, Mr. Martin

As I described yesterday, the widow Wilmot Marsden based her plea for a federal pension on her memory of having married her husband George in Medford on 25 Nov 1775, when he was an officer in the Continental Army. She recalled the minister who officiated...
From: Boston 1775 on 23 Jun 2015

Sgt. George Marsden of His Majesty’s 59th Regiment

To delve into the British army career of George Marsden, I turned to Don Hagist, author of British Soldiers, American War and other books. Don checked his thorough records and found that Marsden first arrived in New England in 1768 with the 59th Regiment...
From: Boston 1775 on 21 Jun 2015

George Marsden: “half-way up Bunker’s hill with Col. Scammans”

The last witness in the July 1775 trial of Col. James Scamman for “Backwardness” during the Battle of Bunker Hill was his regimental adjutant, George Marsden. The record of Scamman’s court martial states:Adjutant Marsden was sworn at...
From: Boston 1775 on 20 Jun 2015

“Backwardness in Colonel Scammans”?

On 12 July 1775, five days after confirming the court-martial sentence of Capt. John Callender, Gen. George Washington issued orders for the trial of another Continental Army officer: A General Court Martial of the Line to sit at Head Quarters, in Cambridge,...
From: Boston 1775 on 19 Jun 2015

“Capt. John Callender is accordingly cashiered”

After the British won the Battle of Bunker Hill, there was a great deal of finger-pointing on the American side. Eventually New Englanders decided the battle had actually been a Good Thing, but they still blamed several officers for behaving poorly.As...
From: Boston 1775 on 18 Jun 2015

The Story Behind “Warren’s Address”

A few days ago I mentioned the poem “Warren’s Address to the American Soldiers, before the Battle of Bunker Hill,” which N. C. Wyeth illustrated in 1922. Those lines were written by the Rev. John Pierpont (1785-1866). After graduating...
From: Boston 1775 on 17 Jun 2015

Benjamin Pierce’s Story of Bunker Hill

In March 1818, the Port-Folio magazine published Henry Dearborn’s account of the Battle of Bunker Hill. Dearborn was a veteran of that battle and the war that followed, later a Secretary of War, and finally a general during the War of 1812. So of...
From: Boston 1775 on 16 Jun 2015

The Broken Officer of Bunker Hill

This is a detail of a print titled “An Exact View of the Late Battle at Charlestown, June 17th, 1775.”Versions of this image are on display right now in both the Boston Public Library’s “We Are One” exhibit and the Massachusetts...
From: Boston 1775 on 15 Jun 2015

Deborah M. Child on the Life of Richard Brunton, 17 June

On Wednesday, 17 June, Deborah M. Child will speak at the New England Historical and Genealogical Society about her new illustrated biography Soldier, Engraver, Forger: Richard Brunton’s Life on the Fringe in America’s New Republic.Child’s...
From: Boston 1775 on 14 Jun 2015

Keep Your Feet on the Ground at Bunker Hill

Last night I heard that the stairs inside the Bunker Hill Monument are closed to visitors because of a loose railing. Loose as in “lying on the floor.” So if you were planning to spend the next couple of 80°F-degree days climbing those...
From: Boston 1775 on 11 Jun 2015

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