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Letter from William Prescott to John Adams, 25 August 1775

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Title:
Letter from William Prescott to John Adams, 25 August 1775
Description:
From the headquarters of the Continental Army in Cambridge (six weeks after Washington's arrival), William Prescott, who has commanded the colonial forces at Bunker Hill, writes to John Adams. Adams is representing Massachusetts at the sessions of the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia. Interestingly, Prescott never mentions that the original orders were to fortify Bunker Hill, located just to the north, as the subsequent Committee of Safety report indicated. Historians to this day have been trying to piece together what happened during the council of war that Prescott held with his field officers on the night of 16 June. Why did they decide to build their entrenchments on the lower hill? Was it because it was closer to Boston and would be even more likely to force a confrontation? Who was involved in making this decision? Prescott provides the "State of Facts tho' imperfect & too general," as he tells Adams, but leaves us with many unanswered questions. From the Adams Family Papers
Author:
Prescott, William, 1726-1795
Addressee:
Adams, John, 1735-1826
Date:
August 25, 1775
Format:
Manuscripts
Location:
Massachusetts Historical Society
Collection (local):
Massachusetts Historical Society Collection
Subjects:
Bunker Hill, Battle of
History
Revolution
Siege
United States. Continental Congress
United States. Continental Army
1775-1775
1783-1775
1776
Places:
MassachusettsSuffolk (county)Boston
Boston, Mass.
Boston (Mass.)
Extent:
33.7 cm x 20.9 cm
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Language:
English
Identifier:
nuview_727