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What am I commemorating today?

June 17, 2014

Bunker_Hill_by_Pyle

June 17, 1775 marks the battle of Bunker Hill depicted in this painting by Howard Pyle.

 The battle which took place early in the American Revolution, is named for Bunker Hill which was the original objective of the battle, although most of the fighting took place on and around Breed’s Hill.

Array_of_American_Forces_on_the_Field_at_the_Battle_of_Breeds_Hill

In the aftermath, it was revealed that,

The British had taken the ground but at a great loss; they had suffered 1,054 casualties (226 dead and 828 wounded), with a disproportionate number of these officers. The casualty count was the highest suffered by the British in any single encounter during the entire war. General Clinton, echoing Pyrrhus of Epirus, remarked in his diary that “A few more such victories would have shortly put an end to British dominion in America.” – ref. Wikipedia

A Pyrrhic victory, indeed.  In this battle the colonial combatants proved their ability to stand up to regular British forces.

Bunker_Hill_Monument_2005

The Bunker Hill monument is above, and below some tattoos that follow today’s theme:

bunker minuteman tattoo

bunker tattoo join or die

bunker rev tattoo

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2 comments

  1. It was the briefest war any of my family ever participated in. Just this one day and it was all over.


    • So, no letters, then?



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