Boston, MA: Luther Stevens, c.1848. LARGE FOLD-OUT. Octavo (24 x 18cm), pp. 16; , panoramic fold-out. Bound in publisher's dark green card boards, cloth spine, Victorian lettering and presentation of publisher's details printed in black to front cover, matching decorative border to rear. Some discolouration to front board and noticeable edgewear, age toned throughout. Very Good. The famous "Battle of Bunker Hill" (fought on June 17, 1775) actually took place on Breed's Hill, the site of the existing Bunker Hill Monument. This giant granite obelisk marks the site of the first major battle of the American Revolution. The Battle of Bunker Hill pitted a newly-formed and inexperienced colonial army against the more highly trained and better-equipped British. Although the British Army ultimately prevailed in the battle, the colonists greatly surprised the British by repelling two major assaults and inflicting great casualties; the colonists lost between 400 and 600 combined casualties, including popular patriot leader and newly-elected Major-General Dr. Joseph Warren, who was killed during the third and final assault. The first monument on the site was an 18-foot wooden pillar with a gilt urn, erected in 1794 by King Solomon's Lodge of Masons to honour fallen patriot and mason, Dr. Joseph Warren. In 1823, a group of prominent citizens formed the "Bunker Hill Monument Association" to construct a more permanent and significant monument to commemorate the famous battle. The existing monument was finally completed in 1842. [nps.gov] This volume includes a phenomenally detailed and attractive engraving of the view from the Bunker Hill Monument shortly after the current incarnation opened, produced by James Smillie. Engraving folds out at rear of text, and includes a list of important sites and institutions. Item #44991
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