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Letter from Peter Brown to Sarah Brown, 25 June 1775

Letter from Peter Brown to Sarah Brown, 25 June 1775

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    Peter Brown, a company clerk "hearty in the cause," who has fought with Col. Prescott in the redoubt at Bunker Hill, gives us the fullest account that survives of the feelings and observations of a participant in the ranks. Private Brown's account includes his actions when the British marched to Concord on 19 April, his enlistment in the army at Cambridge, and the orders of 16 June. He writes to his mother about the dawning realization of the danger the Americans are in as they build the fort and breastworks, with "all Boston fortified against us". He depicts the unfolding of events as the British begin their bombardment from Boston and from the ships in the harbor, and then he describes the attack on the redoubt as the British troops are ferried over to Charlestown.