Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a Revolution
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What lights the spark that ignites a revolution?
What was it that, in 1775, provoked a group of merchants, farmers, artisans and mariners in the American colonies to unite and take up arms against the British government in pursuit of liberty?
Nathaniel Philbrick, the acclaimed historian and bestselling author of In the Heart of the Sea and The Last Stand, shines new and brilliant light on the momentous beginnings of the American Revolution, and those individuals – familiar and unknown, and from both sides – who played such a vital part in the early days of the conflict that would culminate in the defining Battle of Bunker Hill.
Written with passion and insight, even-handedness and the eloquence of a born storyteller, Bunker Hill brings to life the robust, chaotic and blisteringly real origins of America.
bombardment, when the harbor is blocked up, or in other words whether the loss of the town and the property therein are to be so considered.” Franklin and the other committee members decided that this was “a matter of too much consequence to be determined by them” and that they must first “refer it to the Honorable Congress.” For now, Washington would have to wait. In the meantime, his predecessor General Artemas Ward was of the opinion that instead of attacking Boston, Washington should
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of, 186, 190 difficulties faced by, 219, 221–23, 227 encamped in Boston, 57, 86, 161–62, 169, 177, 183, 189, 249, 255, 257, 332n evacuation of, 283–87, 290 fires first shots, 141–43, 168 graveyard for, 80, 126 growing unrest of, 89 quarters for, 79–80, 87 steals valuables, 145, 147, 158, 284 supplies for, 87, 249, 257–58, 283, 317n and tensions with Bostonians, 86, 126 during winter of 1775–76, 255–56, 258–59 British supply ships, 87, 245, 249, 258,
it appears that the only way to safety is through fields of blood, I know you will not turn your faces from your foes, but will, undauntedly, press forward, until tyranny is trodden under foot, and you have fixed your adored goddess Liberty . . . on the American throne.” Not until after Warren had finished did the excitement begin. Once the applause had died down, Samuel Adams rose from his seat and, standing beside the pulpit, proclaimed that the thanks of the town should be extended to
vessel. They simply wanted to save their town. But first they must cross a river. — The three companies of British regulars at the bridge were commanded by Captain Walter Laurie, who had long since sent a message to Colonel Smith calling for reinforcements. Laurie’s hundred or so soldiers were clustered on the west side of the bridge, but when they realized that the militiamen were headed toward them, marching, one of his officers wrote, “with as much order as the best disciplined