Category: Wars and Battles


One of the many battle that British and Americans fought, was the Battle of Bunker Hill.

Lord William Howe, the British Commander had underestimated the Continental army. He thought that they were just as all the other European armies. That they marched in order, alligned themselves in a compact and organized group, and started shooting at the enemy, but he was wrong.

Unlike the Europeans, the Patriots were fighting for their freedom, for their families, for their country. They fought with all their courage to defend what they loved, while the Europeans fought for a king. A king they rarely saw, a king who levied taxes on them, but let the aristocrats live their luxurious life without paying a penny for taxes. And normally Europeans wars were fought to expand their territory, the soldiers normally had no huge motivation to fight in a war, and would normally flee if their life was endangered greatfully. But the fact that Americans were fighting to protect their lives and liberty, made them not fear the fact of dying during a fight, and they were disposed to win the war, by any means necessary.
This was something Commander Howe ignored and the British will pay a price for that…

Two months after losing the battle at Concord, Lord William Howe gives the order to end the seizing of Boston, by taking Bunker Hill. And in this battle
Lord Howe commits all the possible mistakes a general can make during a battle. He orders his red coats to march uphill ( remember the red coats, besides wearing red which is a very notorious color, are carrying heavy equipment) and make a frontal assault during the middle of the day. While the Patriots, under the command of General Putnam and Major William Prescott, were hiding on trenches, behind trees, and stone walls, just waiting eagerly to ambush the British troops.

“Don’t shoot until you see the whites of their eyes!” – General Putnam ordering his troops.

General Howe, sent his troops straight to a rain of fire and death. He wanted his army to win, even though he gave the Americans all posible advantages. He thought that no matter what his experienced army of red coats faced, they would never be defeated by a rabble of insubordinate colonists. But what he didn’t know was that he was only able to win this battle, because colonists ran out of ammunitions, and had to retreat. But the damage was already done, and many red coats died this day. The British may have won the battle in physical terms, but the Americans had built up momentum and spirit with the huge amount of red coats they killed and not only that, but they won the battle psychologically.

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” Such an army, will never be defeated by such a rabble” – Lord William Howe

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Battle of CONCORD

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After events in Lexington, the town of Concord turned into alert, knowing of the advancement and approach of the British troops. In the morning, the men started to gather to begin their march to go and confront the redcoats. However, at the time when these colonists got to see the British, they enter in fear and retreated to a hilltop outside of town.

British continued to advanced until they got to Concord. They entered it with two purpose: destroy weapons and gather of food. But the British didn’t count with something; Militia returned and attacked the british troops as they approached the North Bridge in Concord. As the British were walking through, militia had grown stronger as more and more farmers had left their duties to join and fight. At first, the militia was just looking silently, hidden in the trees or rocks, but after, they opened fire through many positions of the road making the british tired and angry. At last the British suffered a lot; having 73 dead, 174 wounded, and 26 missing. The Colonists got 49 dead, 39 wounded and five as missing. The fight for freedom had begun. The British were now retreating back to Boston. The Colonist had a small taste of victory and were desiring more.

The only bright spot for the British was the fact that Lord Percy, which had left Boston with a smaller army after the main British force had moved to Lexington at first, had finally arrived to Lexington, waiting to disperse the Colonists. The Battle now through Concord and Lexington… resulted a success to colonists.

The REVOLUTIONARY WAR HAD BEGUN.

The colonists’ relationship with the British had deteriorated and had taken a drastic turn with the imposition of the coercive or intolerable acts. Tension was growing high, especially on Boston and its surroundings after the port of Boston was closed by the British, as answer to the Tea Party. Chaos was around as many patriot leaders decided to leave the city because of fear of being arrested, hiding in smaller places. Tension increased even more in the colonies with the appointment of General Thomas Gage as the royal governor Massachusetts. John Hancock, Samuel Adams and other Patriot leaders, convened on a Provincial Congress, decided to ignore his government, and made their own rules and laws that colonist would follow. The consequences of this actions were foreseen, so in the Provincial Congress, it was also decided to stockpile weapons and ammunition.

To the west of Boston there is a village called Lexington where the inhabitants were also amunition for a war, which they suppose it was about to come. April 19, 1775, suddenly two man; one named Paul Revere and William Dawes arrived and made the call to advice that the British or red coats were coming. Supposedly they had been sent by General Gage to arrest John Hancock and Samuel Adams which were currently at Lexington after Massachusetts Congress, and also with the objective of destroying all the weapons and ammunitions they had heard were being stored in Concord. By night the size of the British troops increased constantly, which then began to move in search of their objective.

The local militia at Lexington decided to hold the British and rail them back to Boston. In the very morning, about 70 patriots gathered at Lexington Green waiting for the Red Coats to arrive. When the British reached Lexington, the commander got surprised for the small amount people that had the colonists force. As reaction to this, he commands the colonists to throw their weapons, start to disperse and walk away. Some colonists obeyed and started to move; with their weapons still in hand, when suddenly… a gun was fired. Still, it is unknown from where it came but is believed that this shot was fired by a colonist who was hidden in a place nearby. This shot was the one that trigger the war, making British to answer back killing some colonists. The others ran away, leaving free the road for the British to continue moving west.

 

” We shall never retreat, we shall never surrender ” – Bostonian Patriots