The Virginia Gazette

Today in the 1770s: July 8

WILLIAMSBURG, July 8, 1775.
On the 28th ult. Printed hand-bills were published at Philadelphia, giving an account of a late engagement near Boston. We have not been able to procure a copy, but we have good authority to assure the public, that the following are the most material circumstances mentioned in the hand-bill: "Three thousand regulars landed at Charlestown, set that place on fire, and immediately marched towards Bunker's hill. The provincial army soon being apprized of their approach, 1400 men posted themselves at the corner of a fence, upon the right or left of which the King's troops were obliged to pass, and when they came within about 15 rods, gave two brisk fires, which did wonderful execution. The provincials were immediately reinforced with 400 men, and under command of General Putnam, pursued the enemy, who retreated to an adjacent lane, where a very bloody engagement ensued, and was continuing when the express came away. It was imagined that the regulars lost 800 men at the fence, and in the whole 1000, besides about 60 officers. Only 160 of the provincials were killed."

Virginia Gazette (Dixon & Hunter) July 8, 1775

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An account of the Battle of Bunker Hill (June 17 1775) was published in Philadelphia on June 28. The victory by American citizen-soldiers over British professionals encouraged Americans to believe that military resistance was possible. It showed the British that they were in for a real fight.

Sources: Selesky vol 1, p 116. Bunker Hill web site

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