BATTLE OF BUNKER HILL.
Boston, 26th of June, 1775. This town was alarmed on the 17th Instant at break of Day, by a Firing from the Lively Ship of War.... [Boston: John Howe, 1775.]
Letterpress broadside, 350 x 220 mm. Faint wrinkling at mild toning at head, one tiny edge tear; an excellent example.
SCARCE LOYALIST BROADSIDE ON THE BATTLE OF BUNKER HILL. The broadside was printed and circulated by John Howe, the loyalist printer who had also published Gage's account of the Battles of Lexington and Concord. Described are the preparations taken by the British force under the command of Generals Howe and Pigot upon noticing the American troops amassed, as well as a description of the decisive third assault by the British on the American left flank: "notwithstanding various Impediments of Fences, Walls, &c. and the heavy Fire they were exposed to, from the vast Numbers of Rebels, and their Left galled from the Houses of Charlestown, the Troops made their Way to the Redoubt, mounted the Works, and carried it. The Rebels were then forced from other strong Holds, and pursued 'till they were drove clear of the Peninsula, leaving Five Pieces of Cannon behind them." The broadside ends with a tribute to the British soldiers: "The Action has shown the Bravery of the King's Troops, who under every Disadvantage, gained a compleat Victory over Three Times their Number, strongly posted, and covered by Breastworks. But they fought for their King, their Laws and Constitution." Evans 13842; Streeter Sale 760.