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James Winthrop Lays Out the Battle of Bunker Hill

Here’s another account of the Battle of Bunker Hill from an American participant. In early 1818 the Analectic Magazine published the map of the battle shown above (image courtesy of Maps of Antiquity). Before publication that magazine’s editors had...
From: Boston 1775 on 17 Jun 2014

Capt. Bancroft’s “severe struggle to escape out of the fort”

I’ve been quoting the account of the Bunker Hill battle set down by a grandson of Capt. Ebenezer Bancroft reportedly around 1826. When we last left the captain and his Dunstable men, the British had made their third advance on the Breed’s Hill redoubt...
From: Boston 1775 on 16 Jun 2014

Capt. Bancroft and the Sight of the Enemy

Yesterday I started quoting from the reminiscence of the Battle of Bunker Hill credited to Ebenezer Bancroft, captain of a company from Dunstable, Massachusetts. According to Bancroft, Col. William Prescott had given him charge of two cannon left in the...
From: Boston 1775 on 15 Jun 2014

Capt. Ebenezer Bancroft and the Embrasures

With the anniversary of Bunker Hill coming up, I’m going to share some accounts of that battle, said to be from eyewitnesses. And in most cases I’m sure they really are from eyewitnesses. The first comes from Ebenezer Bancroft (1738-1827) of Dunstable,...
From: Boston 1775 on 14 Jun 2014

The 25 Deadliest Battles of the Revolutionary War

Name calling, fearing mongering and demonizing the enemy were all on the propaganda menu during the American Revolution. Once hostilities commenced, another game played a significant role in the war for mind control. A game of numbers. Simply inflating...

Remembering the Revolutionary War Veterans of Cincinnati

At 1:00 today, the Cincinnati chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution will have a public ceremony honoring Revolutionary War veterans at the Spring Grove Cemetery, as described on the Cincinnati Enquirer’s website.In 1976, the Daughters...
From: Boston 1775 on 19 Apr 2014

Molly Stark, Medford, and Myths

Gen. John Stark’s wife Elizabeth, nicknamed Molly, became a very popular historical figure during the Colonial Revival of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.She served New Hampshire and (given the Battle of Bennington, though it was actually...
From: Boston 1775 on 23 Mar 2014

Washington “lamenting the disappointment”

Most Americans viewed the British evacuation of Boston in March 1776 as a triumph. The colonies’ third-largest port had been liberated without major loss of life or property. Most British forces in North America had withdrawn from the thirteen colonies...
From: Boston 1775 on 19 Mar 2014

A Solid Source for the “Whites of Their Eyes” Tradition

“Don’t fire till you see the whites of their eyes” is the most famous quotation arising from the Battle of Bunker Hill. Authors have debated which American officer said it, which has been another way of debating who was in command. In recent decades...
From: Boston 1775 on 15 Feb 2014

Dr. Joseph Warren’s Psalm Book?

Tonight I’ll be discussing the Battle of Bunker Hill with author Nathaniel Philbrick at Cambridge Forum, and the name of Dr. Joseph Warren is sure to come up. Relics of Dr. Warren have been one of the recurring themes of Boston 1775, and here’s yet...
From: Boston 1775 on 11 Dec 2013

Discussing Leadership at Bunker Hill at Cambridge Forum, 11 Dec.

Next Wednesday, 11 December, Cambridge Forum will welcome Nathaniel Philbrick, author of Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a Revolution, for a discussion of “Bunker Hill and the Crisis of Leadership in Revolutionary America.”I’ll be Nat’s interlocutor...
From: Boston 1775 on 4 Dec 2013

Before Washington: The Revolution’s First Commander-in-Chief

On June 14, 1775, the Second Continental Congress officially announced the creation of the Continental Army, a military force representing all of the colonies resisting British authority in North America. The following day the Congress named the army’s...

Who Killed Major Pitcairn?

Hand-colored engraving described as “The shooting of MajorPitcairn (who had shed the first blood at Lexington) by thecolored soldier Salem.” Courtesy of J. L. Bell Everyone has heard of the Battle of Bunker Hill. Those who’ve read of it know that...

Delia Jarvis and the Battle of Bunker Hill

In The Life of James Otis, of Massachusetts (1823), William Tudor, Jr., included this anecdote about the Battle of Bunker Hill in a footnote: The anxiety and various emotions of the people of Boston, on this occasion, had a highly dramatic kind of interest....
From: Boston 1775 on 19 Oct 2013

Unpacking Bunker Hill

Don Hagist has an interesting article about Bunker Hill at All Things Liberty: The Journal of the American Revolution. While framed [!] as a discussion of Howard Pyle’s famous (and still missing) painting of a doomed British advance, the essay is really...
From: Boston 1775 on 28 Sep 2013

The Battle of Bunker Hill by Howard Pyle

Battle of Bunker Hill by Howard Pyle (circa 1897). Source: Delaware Art Museum Gotta love those redcoats, mechanically marching in neatly aligned ranks into the slaughtering fire of rebel marksmen hidden behind earthworks. This is the iconic image of...

Top Ten Turning-Points?

All Things Liberty recently featured new co-editor Don Hagist’s list of “Top 10 Battles of the Revolutionary War.” The only certainty about that sort of list is that it won’t please everybody, and indeed I was among commenters asking about other...
From: Boston 1775 on 20 Sep 2013

10 Fateful Hits and Misses

Military leaders since Alexander the Great have often preferred to command their battle formations from the most forward ranks.  “Leading from the front,” as the practice is often known, puts officers in outstanding positions to observe the action...

Richard Gridley: A Nearly Forgotten Patriot

Attack on Louisbourg in 1745, during the War of Austrian Succession. Source: As the British surveyed the fortifications being built upon Breed’s Hill across the harbor from Boston proper, beside the farmers, shop keepers, tradesmen...

Top 10 Battles of the Revolutionary War

The outcome of a war depends on far more than individual battles, but the battles are compelling to study; everyone has a favorite. The impacts of each one are numerous, and we can pontificate endless “what if” scenarios regarding the outcomes. There...

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