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Express Arrived at Philadelphia on Saturday Evening, Last
We Have the Following Account of the Battle at Charlestown,
on Saturday the 18th of June Instant.... Broadside printed
at Lancaster, Pennsylvania, by Francis Bailey, June 26, 1775.
sheets printed on one sideserved as public announcements
or advertisements. Generally posted or read aloud, they were
the popular "broadcasts" of the day, bringing news of current
events to the public quickly. In this instance, so quickly
that the Battle of Bunker Hill is misdated as taking place
on the "18th of June." Broadsides tell us what people at a
distance knew at the time and how quickly news traveled. This
account was printed in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, more than
300 miles from Boston, a little more than a week after the