Bunker Hill

By - 9/28/13 - 10:07 am

Don Hagist deconstructs a famous painting of the battle.

Via J.L. Bell.

By - 5/4/13 - 8:10 pm

J.L. Bell explains why it took news of the Battle of Bunker Hill three days longer to reach New York than news of the Battle of Lexington:

The Provincial Congress delayed its report until its committee had a good sense of what had happened and/or could put a good spin on events.

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By - 6/17/12 - 9:54 am

Battle of Bunker HillBattle of Bunker Hill, by E. Percy Moran, from the Library of Congress.

An early example of winning the battle but losing the war. Today, it's an official municipal holiday in Boston and Somerville (part of Charlestown at the time of the battle).

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By - 4/4/11 - 10:14 am

Derek Beck, writing a book about the events of 1775, digs up photos taken of Joseph Warren's skull when his body was being moved in 1855 to Forest Hills Cemetery and uses them to show how Warren was not shot from behind while retreating, but rather facing the enemy front first:

Due to the low muzzle velocity of the musket, as evidenced by their

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By - 6/17/09 - 8:21 pm

Local Spice is not afraid to admit being one of those people who gets Bunker Hill Day off; takes the opportunity to visit Bunker Hill:

... I've admittedly been to the monument before, but this was my 1st time scaling the monument's 294 steps, and then competing with the tourists at the top to get a look out the windows and take my snappy

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By - 3/9/09 - 12:53 am

There was a fundraiser at the Warren Tavern last night to help build a memorial to Irish children who died in Charlestown after fleeing the Famine in Ireland:

Between the years 1845-1850 at the height of An Gorta Mor, The Great Irish Famine, hundreds of Irish children were buried at the St. Francis de Sales Cemetery, on the north slope of Bunker Hill. Many

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By - 12/21/08 - 10:28 am

You'd probably have the same reaction as Donnie Wahlberg to the women who kept going up and down the Tobin - 36 times in all - to get a brief glimpse of him sitting in a car waiting to film a scene in the gritty "Bunker Hill" pilot:

By - 6/21/07 - 8:57 am

You know, "Don't fire 'till you see the whites of their eyes!" J.L. Bell considers the evidence for which commander yelled the phrase.

By - 6/15/07 - 7:46 am

J.L. Bell sets us straight here, but also discusses why the distinction between Bunker and Breed's Hill mattered on that fateful day.

Special fun only-in-Boston note: This Monday is officially Bunker Hill Day in Suffolk County, which means all municipal offices will be closed. Also, public schools.... Read more