Thursday, March 16, 2017

Long Beach Cruising and The Battle of Bunker Hill

(Miles and Miles of Sand at Washington's Long Beach)

"It was on the seventeenth, by break of day
The Yankees did surprise us
With their strong works they had thrown up
To burn the town and drive us.
But soon we had an order came
An order to defeat them
Like rebels stout, they stood it out
And thought we ne'er could beat them."  -Battle of Bunker Hill, Composed by a British Officer June 17, 1775

The Battle of Bunker Hill was fought on June 17, 1775 in Charlestown Massachusetts during the Siege of Boston. A large group of Colonials were amassed in fortified lines and were assaulted by wave after wave of British Redcoats with both sides sustaining significant casualties.  Eventually though, the Colonials ran out of ammunition, and had to retreat back to Cambridge.  
(We Drove Princess Sparkleface Out into the Sand and Cruised Up and Down the Waves Until Sunset.)

"To our grape shot and musket balls
To which they were but strangers
They though to come with sword in hand
But soon they found their danger.
And when the works were got into
And put them to the flight, sir
They pepper'd us, poor British elves
And show'd us they could fight, sir.
And when their works we got into
With some hard knocks and danger
Their works we found both firm and strong
To strong for British Rangers."  -Battle of Bunker Hill, Composed by a British Officer June 17, 1775

The battle was a tactical victory for the British but proved they must take the Americans more serious.  They needed a new approach, to be more cautious in battle planning and to acquire better maneuvers.  They also needed to hire foreign mercenaries.  The Revolutionary War was just heating up.
(Such a Fun Day of Driving Out in the Sand.)

"There's some in Boston, pleas'd to say
As we the field were taking
We went to kill their countrymen
While they their hay were making.
Bad luck to him by land and sea
For he's despis'd by many
The name of Bunker Hill he dreads
Where he was flogg'd most plainly."  -Battle of Bunker Hill, Composed by a British Officer June 17, 1775

Of course, this poem is the British perspective.  For the Americans, it began a long series of retreats that eventually led to buying time to train soldiers... which is what they needed.  For my daughters, as we study the American Revolution, they always remember Bunker Hill for General William Prescott's famous line, "Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes."  What a great line.  I think about that very much in the battles I face and the retreats I have to make just to stay alive.  I tell myself, never question the method of fighting... just survive. Live to fight another day... and so we all do.

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