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Andrew Johnson
President Andrew Johnson Hopes that the 90th Anniversary Celebration of Bunker Hill Goes Well "I hope that nothing will occur to prevent the success or mar the pleasure of your patriotic celebration." "I hope that nothing will occur to prevent the success or mar the pleasure of your patriotic celebration."
11/06/1867. This letter was at one time in the papers of George Washington Warren, president of the association and its chief historian and has never before been offered for sale.On June 17, 1775, the British army under General William Howe, supported by Royal Navy warships, attacked the defenses the colonists had erected on Bunker and Breeds Hills. The British troops moved up Breeds Hill in perfect battle formations. Patriot leader William Prescott allegedly encouraged his men “not fire until you see the whites of their eyes.” Two assaults on the colonial positions were repulsed with significant British casualties; the third and final attack carried the position after the defenders ran out of ammunition. The colonists retreated to Cambridge over Bunker Hill, leaving the British in control of Charlestown but still besieged in Boston. The battle was a tactical victory for the British because they held the ground, but it proved to be a sobering experience, involving more than twice the casualties than the Americans had incurred, including many officers. The battle had demonstrated that inexperienced Continental militia could stand up to regular British army troops in battle, at a time when the British were considered to have the finest army in the world. It encouraged revolutionaries throughout America, and made the success of such a revolution actually seem possible.In 1823, Edward Everett, Daniel Webster, famed physician John C. Warren, and others co-founded the Bunker Hill Monument Association, which sought to memorialize that battle with a grand monument. They petiti … [Click Below for Full Description]
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