"Charlestown's dismal fate"
The cannonading of Charlestown during the afternoon of 17 June 1775 is part of the British assault -- clearly visible from Boston and many other points along the shoreline on an extremely clear day. The town is set afire and many of its inhabitants are left homeless, losing all their possessions. During the final throes of battle, numerous colonial soldiers, including Joseph Warren, president of the Provincial Congress, are killed. Warren and other fallen soldiers are mourned deeply by the colonists. This broadside, written shortly afterward, seeks to fan the flames, enlisting the support of all "Friends to the American Cause" for the victims of the shelling and the soldiers of the Continental Army.