The Battle of Bunker Hill

By on July 4, 2015

On this Independence Day, it’s appropriate to look back to the beginning of the Revolutionary War. Nathaniel Philbrick has penned a comprehensive view of the people and events leading up to one of the first battles: Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a Revolution. I’ve read Philbrick before (The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn), and he can be a little dry and give you much more information than you thought you needed, but if you stick with them, his books are a rewarding read. Here’s some of the Amazon blurb:

Boston in 1775 is an island city occupied by British troops after a series of incendiary incidents by patriots who range from sober citizens to thuggish vigilantes. After the Boston Tea Party, British and American soldiers and Massachusetts residents have warily maneuvered around each other until April 19, when violence finally erupts at Lexington and Concord. In June, however, with the city cut off from supplies by a British blockade and Patriot militia poised in siege, skirmishes give way to outright war in the Battle of Bunker Hill. It would be the bloodiest battle of the Revolution to come, and the point of no return for the rebellious colonists.



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