Drummer Boy of Bunker Hill

July 24, 2006

Revolutionary War Image

Robert Steele, The Drummer Boy, At The Battle Of, Bunker Hill, June 17th, 1775.

His grave at Westwood, Massachusetts was decorated on Memorial Day 2006. “Maj. Robert Steele died June 22, 1833, aged 71 years. ~~ Lydia Steele his wife, born April 17, 1782, died Sept. 23, 1858, aged 76 years.” Major Steele did well, going from drummer boy to Major.

The image, Memorial Day 2006, was originally uploaded at Flickr by Paul Keleher who owns its copyright and can be contacted at the previous link. The image is posted here with that owner’s permission by barneykin, administrator of “The Revolution flickred” pool.(17)

Fort Constitution

April 8, 2006

“By the Dawn’s Early Light”

Fort Constitution, located in New Castle, New Hampshire is adjacent to the U.S. Coast Guard Station at the mouth of the Piscataqua River.

Originally named Fort William and Mary, after the King and Queen of England, the site was first established in 1631. In December 1774, Paul Revere rode to Portsmouth from Boston, Massachusetts to warn the colonists of British plans to reinforce the fort to protect its store of powder. The colonists however surrounded the fort and seized light cannon and 97 barrels of gun powder. Many consider the attack to be the first overt act of the Revolution, and it is believed that some of the supplies were used at the Battle of Bunker Hill.

Bunker Hill Monument

January 15, 2006

A view from the top

Originally uploaded by benhuh.

This is the 2006 view of Boston from the top of the Battle of Bunker Hill monument.

Battle of Bunker Hill

January 15, 2006

Standing guard, originally uploaded by tull.

The legendary command, “Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes” has come to symbolize the conviction and determination of the ill-equipped American colonists facing the world’s most powerful army during the “Battle of Bunker Hill”, June 17, 1775. Most of the fighting actually took place on Breed’s Hill, the site of the existing monument, a 221-foot granite obelisk.

The Battle of Bunker Hill was the first major battle of the American Revolution. Despite the colonial army’s shortcomings, it was led by such capable men as Colonel William Prescott, Colonel John Stark and General Israel Putnam, who had experience fighting alongside the British in the French and Indian War. Although the British Army ultimately prevailed in the battle, the colonists greatly surprised the British by repelling two major assaults and inflicting great casualties. Out of the 2,200 British ground forces and artillery engaged at the battle, almost half (1,034) became killed or wounded. The colonists lost between 400 and 600 combined casualties, including popular patriot leader and newly-elected Major-General Dr. Joseph Warren, who was killed during the third and final assault.

Reuben Cummings Memorial

December 21, 2005


This Memorial is to Reuben Cummings, Merrimack, New Hampshire’s only Revolutionary War Casualty.

In Memoriam
Reuben Cummings
June 25, 1761 September 13, 1776
Merrimack’s Only Casualty of the American Revolutionary War
At age 14, enlisted as Minute Man
Fought at Battle of Bunker Hill june 17, 1775
Promoted to Drummer July 20, 1776
At age 15, he died and was buried
in the area of Fort Ticonderoga.

Memorial for Reuben Cummings — Merrimack’s only Revolutionary War Casualty . Originally uploaded by marcn.