Battle of Bunker Hill: This Song was composed by the British after the engagement
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- Coming of the American Revolution
- MHS 225th Anniversary
This printed document contains the lyrics of a ballad published in England after the Battle of Bunker Hill. The ballad describes the movements of British troops to Long Wharf where they got into boats, rowed across the harbor to Charlestown where, after landing on the shore, they directly fought their enemy on the battlefield.
Songs played an important role in the American Revolution. Ballads such as this one, roused the troops, ridiculed the enemy, and played on the emotions of the listeners. The lyrics describe General Howe, who commanded the assault on Bunker Hill, as "brave," "considerate," and "beloved by many," one whose very name "the Yankees dread."