1775Battle of Bunker HillEvents & Anniversaries, Government and Public Service, National Events, Military

Gloucester City Archives, CC248, Revolutionary War Rolls Muster Rolls: Sea Coast Defense Gloucester, 1776.
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Two companies from Gloucester, led by Captains Nathanial Warner and John Row, took part in this battle fought on Bunker Hill and Breed’s Hill on June 17th. Five men were killed and three wounded.

According to James Pringle, a young Gloucester resident, Benjamin Webber, enlisted in Captain Warner’s company, procured an old Queen’s arm in Lanesville, and set out on foot for the battle. He eventually fired the shot that killed Major Pitcairn, who led the British in their march on Lexington and Concord. There is a dispute over this fact, however, with Peter Salem, a freed slave, sometimes credited as firing the shot that mortally wounded Pitcairn.

Garland, Joseph E. Guns off Gloucester. 1st ed, Essex County Newspapers, 1975. Hurd, D. Hamilton (Duane Hamilton) ed. History of Essex County, Massachusetts, with Biographical Sketches of Many of Its Pioneers and Prominent Men. Vol. II. Philadelphia, J. W. Lewis & Co., 1888. http://archive.org/details/historyofessexco02hurd Pringle, James R. History of the Town and City of Gloucester, Cape Ann, Massachusetts. Gloucester, Mass.: Published by the City of Gloucester Archives Committee and the Ten Pound Island Book Co., 1997.
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