Bunker Hill Monument

Charlestown
MA

Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown


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With groundbreaking on 17 June 1825, fifty years after the event, an obelisk commemorates the Battle of Bunker Hill and the fallen militia General, Dr. Joseph Warren. A statue of Colonel William Prescott, one of the battle leaders, stands in front. Located across the street from the monument is the Battle of Bunker Hill Museum. It includes dioramas, murals, and artifacts, including a masonic apron belonging to Dr. Warren and the trowel used by Marquis de Lafayette for the groundbreaking. Part of the Freedom Trail™.

Yet there is no doubt that his natural abilities were what most distinguished [John] Marshal from other lawyers and jurists. His head, said Senator Rufus King, is the best organized of anyone I have known. Marshal could grasp a subject in its whole and yet simultaneously analyze it parts and relate them to the whole. He could move progressively and efficiently from premise to conclusion in a logical and rigorous manner and extract the essence of the law from the mass of particulars. In the words of Justice Story, he had the remarkable ability to seize, as it were by intuition, the very spirit of juridical doctrines. Even Jefferson acknowledged Marshall’s talent, but he scarcely respected it. Jefferson told Story that when conversing with Marshall, I never admit anything. So sure as you admit any position to be good, no matter how remote from the conclusion he seeks to establish, you are gone. So great is his sophistry you must never give him an affirmative answer, or you will be forced to grant his conclusion. Why, if he were to ask me whether it were daylight or not, I’d reply, Sir, I don’t know, I can’t tell.

Gordon S. Wood
Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789–1815 (2009)