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Bunker Hill

James D. Hart

in The Concise Oxford Companion to American Literature

Published in print January 1986 | ISBN: 9780195047714
Published online January 2002 | e-ISBN: 9780199891030
Bunker Hill

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in Boston, was the approximate site of the first severe engagement of the Revolutionary War (June 17, 1775). The British attacked the newly constructed American fort on Breed’s Hill, but were twice routed by the American defenders, who capitulated on the third charge, being out of powder. Although the battle was a British victory, American morale was strengthened by the demonstration of their small force. The battle is a frequent subject in American literature, as in Brackenridge’s play ...

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