New History of the Battle of Bunker Hill: June 17, 1775, Its Purpose, Conduct, and Result

Lee & Shepard, 1875 - 56 Seiten

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Seite 2 - Blandishments," said that distinguished son of genius and patriotism, "will not fascinate us, nor will threats of a halter intimidate; for, under God, we are determined that, wheresoever, whensoever, or howsoever we shall be called to make our exit, we will die free men.
Seite 43 - The roar of cannon, mortars, and musketry; the crash of churches, ships upon the stocks, and whole streets falling together, to fill the ear; the storm of the 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 anything that ever came to my lot to be witness to.
Seite 32 - The provincials stood this severe and continual fire of small arms and artillery, with a resolution and perseverance which would not have done discredit to old troops. They did not return a shot, until the King's forces had approached almost to the works, when a most dreadful fire took place, by which a number of our bravest men and officers fell. Some gentlemen who had served English was uncommonly great, for the enemy poured in one continual and unceasing stream of fire, in the most distinguished...
Seite 15 - Hill, in Charlestown, be securely kept and defended, and also some one hill or hills on Dorchester Neck be likewise secured...
Seite 5 - Our friends are valuable but our Country must be saved. I have an interest in that town ; what can be the enjoyment of that to me, if I am obliged to hold it at the will of General Gage, or any one else ? I doubt not your vigilance, your fortitude and resolution.
Seite 2 - These noble sentiments were not confined to our immediate vicinity. In that day of general affection and brotherhood, the blow given to Boston, smote on every patriotic heart from one end of the country to the other. Virginia and the Carolinas, as well as Connecticut and New Hampshire, felt and proclaimed the cause to be their own. The continental congress, then holding its first session in Philadelphia, expressed its sympathy for the...
Seite 36 - Having sent out large flank guards, they began a very slow march towards our lines. At this instant smoke and flames were seen to arise from the town of Charlestown, which had been set on fire by the enemy, that the smoke might cover their attack upon our lines, and perhaps with a design to rout or destroy one or two regiments of provincials who had been posted in that town. If either of these was their design, they were disappointed, for the wind shifting on a sudden, carried the smoke another way,...
Seite 42 - They were also exceedingly hurt by musquetry from Charles Town, though Clinton and I did not perceive it till Howe sent us word by a boat, and desired us to set fire to the town, which was immediately done; we threw a parcel of shells, and the whole was instantly in flames...
Seite 32 - The attack was made by a most severe fire of cannon and howitzers, under which the troops advanced very slowly towards the enemy, and halted several times, to afford an opportunity to the enemy to ruin the works, and throw the provincials into confusion.
Seite 12 - IN PROVINCIAL CONGRESS, WATERTOWN, May 1, 1775. " Whereas the inhabitants of the town of Boston have been detained by Gen. Gage, but at length, by agreement, are permitted to remove with their effects into the country, and as it has been represented to this Congress that about...

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