26th of JUNE, 1775.
THIS Town was alarmed on the 17th Instant at break of Day,
by a Firing from the Lively Ship of War; and a Report was
immediately spread that the Rebels had broke Ground, and
were raising a Battery on the Heights of the Peninsula of
against the Town of
Boston. They were plainly seen, and in a few
Hours a Battery of Six Guns, played upon their Works. Preparations
were instantly made for the landing of a Body of Men; and some
Companies of Grenadiers and Light Infantry, with some Battallions,
and Field Artillery; amounting in the whole to about 2000 Men,
under the Command of Major General HOWE, and
General PIGOT, were embarked with great Expedition, and landed
on the Peninsula without Opposition; under Cover of some Ships of
War, and armed Vessels.
The Troops formed as soon as landed: The Rebels upon the
Heights, were perceived to be in great Force, and strongly posted.
A Redoubt thrown up on the 16th at Night, with other Works full
of Men, defended with Cannon, and a large Body posted in the
Charlestown, covered their Right; and their Left was
covered by a Breastwork, Part of it Cannon Proof, which reached
from the Left of the Redoubt to the
Besides the Appearance of the Rebels Strength, large Columns
were seen pouring in to their Assistance; but the King's Troops
advanced; the Attack began by a Cannonade, and notwithstanding
various Impedimentas of Fences, Walls, &c. and the heavy Fire they
were exposed to, from the vast Numbers of Rebels, and their Left
galled from the Houses of
Charlestown, the Troops made their Way
to the Redoubt, mounted the Works, and carried it. The Rebels
were then forced from other strong Holds, and pursued
were drove clear of the Peninsula, leaving Five Pieces of Cannon
Charlestown was set on Fire during the Engagement,
and most Part of it consumed. The Loss they sustained, must have
been considerable, from the vast Numbers they were seen to carry off
during the Action, exclusive of what they suffered from the shipping.
About a Hundred were buried the Day after, and Thirty found
wounded on the Field, some of which are since Dead. About 170
of the King's Troops were killed, and since dead of their Wounds;
and a great many were wounded.
This Action has shown the Bravery of the King's Troops, who
under every Disadvantage, gained a compleat Victory
Times their Number, strongly posted, and covered by Breastworks.
But they fought for their KING, their LAWS and CONSTITUTION.