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August 25, 1775, from Colonel William Prescott in camp at
Cambridge to John
Adams in Philadelphia. Prescott, a native of Groton,
Massachusetts, and veteran of the French and Indian Wars,
gives John Adams, then serving in the Continental Congress,
a brief "state of the facts" of the "Action at Charlestown"the
Battle of Bunker Hill.
commanded the Patriot forces that fortified the heights in
Charlestown overlooking Boston. Although the British onslaught
ultimately forced his men to retreat, Prescott exhibited throughout
the "prudence and courage" that he praised in his subordinates.
Brown's letter to his mother, June 25, 1775, for
an enlisted man's account of the same events.