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Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a Revolution

Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a Revolution

Nathaniel Philbrick

Language: English

Pages: 608


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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.

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Chudleigh Ragg and Dyer were also wounded.” Only after the fighting did Waller begin to grieve; “In the heat of the action,” he wrote, “I thought nothing of the matter.” Lieutenant Rawdon had difficulty believing that the Yankees had not yet begun to retreat. “There are few instances of regular troops defending a redoubt till the enemy were in the very ditch of it,” he wrote, “and [yet] I can assure you that I myself saw several pop their heads up and fire even after some of our men were upon the

begun as a profoundly conservative movement. The patriots had not wanted to create something new; they had wanted to preserve the status quo—the essentially autonomous community they had inherited from their ancestors—in the face of British attempts to forge a modern empire. Enlightenment rhetoric from England had provided them with new ideological grist, but what they had really been about, particularly when it came to the yeoman farmers of the country towns, was defending the way of life their

papers include incriminating documents that might have indicated just how deliberate Warren’s decision to send out the alarm really was? Once again, we’ll probably never know for sure. William Munroe describes Paul Revere’s arrival at the Jonas Clarke house on the night of April 18 in an affidavit recorded on March 7, 1825, in Elias Phinney’s History of the Battle of Lexington (subsequently referred to as Phinney), p. 33; Phinney provides the detail about Hancock responding, “Come in, Revere.

regulars—was to risk being “hanged for a rebel.” Brattle ended the letter by assuring Gage that “the king’s powder . . . shall remain [at Quarry Hill] as a sacred depositum till ordered out by the Captain General.” The clear implication was that Gage should act quickly to prevent the patriots from stealing the powder. Four days later, on Wednesday, August 31, Gage was making his way up Boston’s Newbury Street toward the residence of an officer who lived in a house near the Liberty Tree.

would have done honor to the oratory of a Briton or a Roman.” It took two days, but eventually the delegates learned the truth. Boston was not under attack. The regulars had taken some powder, but no one had been killed. It was back to the business of deciding how to respond to the Coercive Acts. And then, a week later, on September 17, Paul Revere arrived from Boston with a document known as the Suffolk Resolves. — The Government Act had made town meetings illegal in Massachusetts,

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