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Reagan Remembers Dr. Joseph Warren, hero at Bunker Hill (June 17,1775)
Posted on 06/17/2012 6:10:01 PM PDT by gusopol3
Edited on 06/18/2012 3:41:13 AM PDT by Admin Moderator.
"On the eve of our struggle for independence a man who might have been one of the greatest among the Founding Fathers, Dr. Joseph Warren, President of the Massachusetts Congress, said to his fellow Americans, 'Our country is in danger, but not to be despaired of.... On you depend the fortunes of America. You are to decide the important questions upon which rests the happiness and the liberty of millions yet unborn. Act worthy of yourselves.'"
Map animation of the battle fought today, 237 years ago.
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Reagan's inaugural speech could be repeated next January with only a few changes.
posted on 06/17/2012 6:10:18 PM PDT
posted on 06/17/2012 6:11:32 PM PDT
(Steyn: "One can argue about whose fault it is, but not ... whose responsibility it is: it's his")
No doubt Joseph Warren would've been as well known as Jefferson or Adams in American history had he not been killed at Bunker (Breeds) Hill, as he was extremely critical in the events leading up to the revolution.
Its too bad his role has been scarcely mentioned in US classrooms for so long.
posted on 06/17/2012 6:22:48 PM PDT
With all my copying and pasting, I forgot the second “a” in Reagan’s name, and what he said in the inaugural:
“On the eve of our struggle for independence a man who might have been one of the greatest among the Founding Fathers, Dr. Joseph Warren, President of the Massachusetts Congress, said to his fellow Americans, ‘Our country is in danger, but not to be despaired of.... On you depend the fortunes of America. You are to decide the important questions upon which rests the happiness and the liberty of millions yet unborn. Act worthy of yourselves.’”
posted on 06/17/2012 6:28:55 PM PDT
The man was at the center of every significant event for the few years leading up to June 17th, more so than any other.
I don't know if he would have ended up being as venerated as George Washington had he not taken his time evacuating the redoubt and been killed, but it would've been close.
posted on 06/17/2012 6:35:01 PM PDT
I've never understood why a film was never made about the Battle of Bunker Hill.
Also, its my understanding that the patriots might have been able to hold the redoubt if they had bayonets. Very few of them did and the vast majority of deaths happened when the British swarmed over the walls.
posted on 06/17/2012 6:48:38 PM PDT
To: skeeter; warsaw44
Thomas Fleming really brought him to life in Now We are Enemies, his c. 1960 book about the battle. I think the consensus of his contemporaries would have been that he didn't belong in the redoubt. Amazing history how Revere identified his body months later by dental bridge work he had done as a silversmith. Fleming is pretty clear in his impression that Warren wasn't fighting for independence that day, but for American rights under the English constitution; so he hadn't come as far as Sam Adams.
posted on 06/17/2012 6:57:39 PM PDT
Such a great book. I can see my copy from my desk. So enjoyed that book.
Ever have a chance to read ‘ Paul Revere and the World he lived in ‘ by Esther Forbes?
Also, in regard to Warren not interested in full independence - weren't there many founding father who believed the same but eventually realized it was the only course of action left us?
posted on 06/17/2012 7:07:16 PM PDT
Yes I enjoyed Esther Forbes book about Revere as well as Johnny Tremain where she worked Warren in as the doctor who helped Johnny with his scarred hand. I hate to admit it, but I checked JT out as a fourth grader, didn't finish it; checked it out as a fifth grader, didn't finish it; finally completed it as an adult after my daughter had read it. There's a book I've read recently Declaration by William Hogeland, that kind of turns the American Revolution into a proto-Marxist event, but he really puts the ultimate decision very late in the process by emphasizing the role of John Dickinson of Pennsylvania ( the author of Notes by a Pennsylvania Farmer )
posted on 06/17/2012 7:17:17 PM PDT
A couple summers ago when I was working in a coin / collectibles shop I met a high school history teacher. He was on our side and I enjoyed talking with him about Boston and the American Revolution.
He had never heard of Forbes and as luck would have it I had a copy and just gave it to him. I'll bet he enjoyed it as much as we did. Her sections on Pope Night in Boston alone is worth the read.
Have never read Hogeland but have heard him from time to time on the radio. I thought he was slightly nuts.
posted on 06/17/2012 7:32:05 PM PDT
The interesting thing about Hogeland is that he really can't beat the material. He sleuths an unexamined process that was occurring during the time frame covered in American Scripture but in the end seems unconvinced himself that he's really found much, or at least that's my impression. He does do a really good job of evoking the revolutionary spirit of the times , though, which I think is often not portrayed when the history is presented in textbooks. The Revolution was very much going on in the streets as well as in the State House or House of Burgesses.
posted on 06/17/2012 7:45:58 PM PDT
June 18 is the 200th anniversary of the US declaration of war against Great Britain in the “War of 1812”—sometimes called the Second War of Independence. That war is often described as ending in a draw, but it did force the British to begin to respect American rights, which they had not done during the years 1783 to 1812.
Reagn Remembers Dr.Joseph Warren, hero at Bunker Hill (June 17,1775)
How embarrassing (and sloppy) to misspell Reagan's name.
To: Isabel C.
Yes, thanks for pointing it out to me.
posted on 06/18/2012 3:07:58 AM PDT
To: NonValueAdded; gusopol3; indcons; Chani; thefactor; blam; aculeus; ELS; Doctor Raoul; ...
Dr Joseph Warren
Thanks for the post, gusopol3, and the ping, NonValueAdded. Joseph Warren: an incredibly brave and passionate Patriot, lost in battle that day. The Brits took the Americans much more seriously after this battle: they lost many officers that day. Warren was shot through the head when the Redcoats over-ran a dug-in position. All of the numerous Warren Counties named after him.
A great interactive map of the battle at the web site...a must for this ping list.
The RevWar/Colonial History/General Washington ping list...
posted on 06/18/2012 4:30:35 AM PDT
(Democrats lie because they must.)
To: gusopol3; Pharmboy
Thanks for the post and the ping....
Turned down a general's commission in order to fight with the common troops on Breed's Hill.
The Warren Tavern in Charlestown is a good place to sock one back.
posted on 06/18/2012 3:28:18 PM PDT
Great post and thanks for linking.
posted on 06/19/2012 7:05:48 PM PDT
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