mark the 225th anniversary of the Battle of Bunker Hill, the
Massachusetts Historical Society presents its first "web exhibition"
-- personal accounts and eyewitness descriptions of the battle,
along with contemporary maps, drawings, engravings, broadsides,
and artifacts, either preserved by the participants or found
on the battlefield.
exhibition is divided into seven sections:
essay by Bernard Bailyn giving
an overview account of the battle
timeline of events and documents
described in the exhibition
contemporary manuscript and printed accounts
of the battle with transcriptions of the texts
biographical sketches of the authors
and recipients of documents in the exhibition
maps and views of Boston in 1775
and battle plans
bibliography of sources
on the Battle of Bunker Hill
exhibit includes well-known documents
such as Abigail Adams's letter to her husband John, quoted
above, there also are letters and journals of American and
British soldiers, including ordinary soldiers in the ranks,
as well as civilian observers who lived in the Boston area.
purpose of the web exhibition is to make available documents
from the Massachusetts Historical Society's collections to
a wider audience. The events of June 17, 1775 are told here
through the words of those who were present.