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™.

More than any other figure who strode across the revolutionary stage, [Joseph] Warren gave his devotion to the American cause simply because he believed in it. Others believed as passionately, of course; but for Samuel Adams political agitation was a profession which had rescued him from a debtors’ prison; James Otis had deep grievances against the royal government because of their mistreatment of his father; John Hancock was a millionaire merchant who made much of his money from smuggling and owed the British Revenue Service over £100,000 in fines; as a lawyer, John Adams was naturally drawn into the political arena. Warren, as a doctor could have remained aloof, as many of his fellow physicians in Boston did. They were the only class in Massachusetts who were not pressured to join the cause.

Thomas Fleming
Now We Are Enemies: The Story of Bunker Hill (1960; reissued 2010)