To mark the 225th anniversary of the Battle of Bunker Hill, the Massachusetts Historical Society presents its first "web exhibition" -- personal accounts and eyewitness descriptions of the battle, along with contemporary maps, drawings, engravings, broadsides, and artifacts, either preserved by the participants or found on the battlefield.
The exhibition is divided into seven sections:
An essay by Bernard Bailyn giving an overview account of the battle
A timeline of events and documents described in the exhibition
Ten contemporary manuscript and printed accounts of the battle with transcriptions of the texts
Brief biographical sketches of the authors and recipients of documents in the exhibition
Contemporary maps and views of Boston in 1775 and battle plans
A bibliography of sources on the Battle of Bunker Hill
While the exhibit includes well-known documents such as Abigail Adams's letter to her husband John, quoted above, there also are letters and journals of American and British soldiers, including ordinary soldiers in the ranks, as well as civilian observers who lived in the Boston area.
The purpose of the web exhibition is to make available documents from the Massachusetts Historical Society's collections to a wider audience. The events of June 17, 1775 are told here through the words of those who were present.
The Death of General Warren at the Battle of Bunker Hill byJohn Trumbull.
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