Ballad of Bunker Hill
DESCRIPTION: "It was the seventeenth, by break of day, the Yankees did surprise us." The British soldiers march. The song mentions officers Howe and Pigot. The artillery serves well until they run out of suitable ammunition. The singer curses rebels Hancock and Adams
EARLIEST DATE: probably c. 1830 (Broadside, Library of Congress HB 10577)
KEYWORDS: soldier battle death
June 17, 1775 - American defeat at the Battle of Bunker Hill. The Americans are pushed from their positions, but inflict heavy casualties on the British, and so feel they have earned some bragging rights.
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Cohen-AFS1, pp. 44-48, "Battle of Bunker Hill Composed by a British officer after the engagementl" (1 text plus a copy of the Library of Congress broadside)
Lawrence, p. 57, "Bunker's Hill, A New Song" (1 text)
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