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Battle at Bunker's Hill

Battlefield strewn with soldiers fighting and ground littered with bodies. Ships in water near back; officer in center facing left wearing peach colored jacket uniform. From the Inventory Listing of Sidney A. Alpert "Battle at Bunker's Hill/ (7.15x12.3) N. Currier - S"

After John Trumbull
American, 1756-1843

The Battle at Bunker's Hill was one of the earliest and bloodiest of the American Revolution. The battle's name is a misnomer as the majority of the dispute was fought on Breed's Hill in Charlestown, Massachusetts. The losses were astounding for the British. More than 1,000 soldiers died, were wounded or imprisoned. The American army lost approximately 400 men. According to military tradition of the time, the British won because they had possession of the field at the end of the battle. The casualties told a different story, however. The attack was immortalized forever in American history by the famous quote attributed to one of the American commanders of the battle. In order to preserve gunpowder, he ordered the patriots, "Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes!" The waving flags, the diagonal line of the swords and the threatening clouds add action and drama to the chaotic scene.

Date: Undated

Artists: Nathaniel Currier
Medium: Hand-colored lithograph
Measurements: 7 15/16 x 12 15/16 inches
Access Number: 2004-D03-198
Gift of Lenore B. and Sidney A. Alpert supplemented with Museum Acquistions Funds

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