History of Bunker Hill battle: with a plan

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Munroe and Francis, 1827 - Bunker Hill, Battle of, Boston, Mass., 1775 - 55 pages
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Page 2 - District Clerk's Office. BE IT REMEMBERED, that on the tenth day of August, AD 1829, in the fifty-fourth year of the Independence of the United States of America, JP Dabney, of the said district, has deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof he claims as author, in the words following, to wit...
Page 32 - November 5th— As the Commander-in-chief has been apprised of a design, formed for the observance of that ridiculous and childish custom of burning the Effigy of the Pope, he cannot help expressing his surprise, that there should be Officers and soldiers in this army so void of common sense, as not to see the impropriety of such a step...
Page 31 - And now ensued one of the greatest scenes of war that can be conceived. If we look to the height, Howe's corps ascending the hill in the face of the entrenchments and in a very disadvantageous ground was much engaged. To the left the enemy pouring in fresh troops by thousands over the land, and in the arm of the sea our ships and floating batteries cannonading them. Straight before us, a large and noble town in one great blaze.
Page 31 - ... redoubts, with the objects above described, to fill the eye; and the reflection that, perhaps, a defeat was a final loss to the British empire in America, to fill the mind; made the whole a picture, and a complication of horror and importance beyond...
Page 17 - Congress may direct ; and that all the militia in the colony be ordered to hold themselves in readiness to march, on the shortest notice, completely equipped, having thirty rounds of cartridges per man ; all which is earnestly recommended to the immediate consideration of the Honourable Congress, now sitting in Watertown. To which the Committee would beg leave to add a general recommendation to the people, to go to meeting armed on the Lord's day, in order to prevent being thrown into confusion.
Page 30 - ... to retreat, till their main body had left the hill ; perceiving this was done, they then gave ground, but with more regularity than could be expected of troops who had no longer been under discipline, and many of whom never before saw an engagement.
Page 43 - The artillery advanced to the open space between the breastwork and rail fence ; this ground was defended by some brave Essex troops, covered only by scattered trees. With resolution and deadly aim they poured the most destructive vollies on the enemy. The cannon, however, turned the breastwork, enfiladed the line, and sent their balls through the open gateway or sally port, directly into the redoubt, under cover of which the troops at the breastwork were compelled to retire.
Page 31 - I come here to seek a place of " safety ; but tell me where the onset will be most furious." — Putnam again pointed to the redoubt ;
Page 30 - Can it then be wondered that the word was given by the commander of the party to retreat ? But this he delayed till the redoubt was half filled with Regulars, and the Provincials had kept the enemy at bay some time, confronting them with the butt ends of their muskets.
Page 17 - Hill be maintained by sufficient force being posted there, and as the particular Situation of Dorchester Neck is unknown to this Committee, they advise that the Council of War take and pursue such steps respecting the same as to them shall appear to be for the Security of this Colony.

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