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Bunker Hill Battle 1775 - Drawing update

Bunker Hill Battle 1775 - Drawing update
Bunker Hill Battle 1775 - Drawing update
Bunker Hill Battle 1775 - Drawing update
This drawing is in its final stage of completion. Much continued research has gone into the piece and I feel it very closely represents the events of that day in our history when Provincial patriots from Massachusetts,  and nearby colonies such as New Hampshire and Connecticut first joined forces to drive the great army and naval fleet of Great Britain from the colonies.

It was a bright mid-summer day on the 17th day of June 1775 when, at day break, a redoubt (fortification) was discovered standing on the hill known as Breeds, in front of and down the hill from the intended site on Bunker Hill . During the night before the battle, nearly four hundred men had arrived with their perspective units bringing provisions and supplies.  The redoubt's construction continued uninterrupted throughout the night and several long hours during the day under a battery of cannon fire from Copp's Hill above Boston and from several ship's off shore.

As the cannons roared throughout the day, keeping reinforcements on Bunker from moving forward to the redoubt, British forces were amassing troops below for an assault.  The hot sun reflected as sparkling glint from the Brit's shining bayonet's. It was said to have been intended to intimidate, as they gathered in great number at the foot of the hill, giving second thoughts of engagement to those provincials observing from Bunker Hill above.  

Twelve hundred New Hampshire men under the command of Col. John Stark arrive on the scene at mid afternoon.  Stark was marching his men in a steady column through a large disorderly group of provincials who were hesitant to venture through the cannon fire." If you boys aren't moving forward, let the New Hampshire men through!" Stark barked. He moved forward and paused on Bunker to observe the glittering thousands of British troops that were forming up for the assault.  After visual assessment, he told the men to give a loud cheer to let the men at the redoubt know that reinforcements had arrived. He then directed them to cover the left flank three rows deep along the rail fence. The men ran down hill toward the enemy with barely the time to prepare. They stuffed the rail fence with tightly packed grass and with only a few loads each, they readied  themselves for the assault.

The Elite British Fuseliers and Grenadiers made three attempts to get through the line of the New Hampshire men and suffered their highest casualty rate of the day at the rail fence. The British made their third attempt closer  up the hill toward the redoubt and finally broke through the line of men who sadly had spent all their rounds.

The view here shows the moments after Col. Stark had surveyed the scene. The men are giving a loud cheer to announce to Col. Prescott's men at the redoubt below that reinforcements have arrived before running to the rail fence to take up a defensive position along the rail fence.
To depict the short time span of this arrival, I show the disarray of Provincials on Bunker Hill, The New Hampshire men's cheer and the mad run for the fence simultaneously. It better illustrates the actual event. The scene is intentionally viewed from the position of one of Stark's men in his line.