History of Bunker Hill Battle. With a Plan ...: With Notes, and Likenesses of the Principal Officers

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Munroe and Francis, 1827 - Bunker Hill, Battle of, Boston, Mass., 1775 - 55 pages
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Page 78 - And I looked, and rose up, and said unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, Be not ye afraid of them : remember the Lord, which is great and terrible, and fight for your brethren, your sons, and your daughters, your wives, and your houses.
Page 86 - 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 85 - 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 78 - And I said unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, The work is great and large, and we are separated upon the wall, one far from another. In what place therefore ye hear the sound of the trumpet, resort ye thither unto us: our God shall fight for us.
Page 83 - At length they were rallied, and marched up, with apparent reluctance, towards the intrenchment ; the Americans again reserved their fire until the enemy came within five or six rods, and a second time put the regulars to flight, who ran in great confusion towards their boats. Similar and superior exertions were now necessarily made by the officers, which, notwithstanding the men discovered an almost insuperable reluctance to fighting in this cause, were again successful. They formed once more, and...
Page 15 - 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 41 - 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 82 - Lively ship of war ; and advice was soon after received that the rebels had broke ground, and were raising a battery on the heights of the peninsula of Charlestown, against the town of Boston. They were plainly seen at work, and in a few hours, a battery of six guns played upon their works. Preparations were instantly made for landing a body of men to drive them off, and ten companies of the grenadiers, ten of light infantry, with the 5th, 38th, 43rd and 52nd battalions, with a proportion of field...
Page 88 - IT was on the seventeenth, by break of day, The Yankees did surprise us, With their strong works they had thrown up, To burn the town and drive us. But soon we had an order come, An order to defeat them; Like rebels stout, they stood it out, And thought we ne'er could beat them. About the hour of twelve that day, An order came for marching, With three good flints, and sixty rounds, Each man hoped to discharge them.

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