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Charlestown in Suffolk County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

You are now my enemy and I am yours...

Benjamin Franklin

 
 
You are now my enemy and I am yours... Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 13, 2012
1. You are now my enemy and I am yours... Marker
Inscription. The British Army was one of the most powerful military forces of the day. Their leaders were career officers. The troops were regularly trained and well equipped. Yet, the enlisted ranks were often filled with soldiers recruited against their will -- poor and unemployed men, sometimes taken right from jail.

Most colonists who fought in this battle were not trained soldiers. They freely fought in militia units from their hometowns. The British commanders did not expect such an improvised army to perform as well as it did. Though the Americans lost this hill, they grew more unified and determined to fight for their freedom.
 
Location. 42° 22.58′ N, 71° 3.65′ W. Marker is in Charlestown, Massachusetts, in Suffolk County. Marker is on Monument Square. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Charlestown MA 02129, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Decisive Day has come on which the fate of America depends... (here, next to this marker); Bunker Hill Monument (a few steps from this marker); Breedís Hill (a few steps from this marker); South-East Corner of the Redoubt (a few steps from this marker); This Column Stands on Union!

John Waller, First Lieutenant, British Army image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 13, 2012
2. John Waller, First Lieutenant, British Army
Nothing could be more shocking than the carnage that followed the storming of this work. We tumbled over the dead to get at the living... Nathanael Greene, Brigadier General, Rhode Island Militia I wish we could sell them another hill at the same price.
(within shouting distance of this marker); North-East Corner of the Redoubt (within shouting distance of this marker); The Breastwork (within shouting distance of this marker); United States Gate (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Charlestown.
 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 339 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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