Date(s) - Thu: Apr 13, 2023
7:15 pm - 8:30 pm
Stoneham Historical Society & Museum
We are delighted to welcome back Katie Turner Getty, who will speak on the Battle of Bunker Hill.
We are all familiar with the Bunker Hill monument towering above Charlestown. The great granite obelisk commemorates the Battle of Bunker Hill, when, on June 17, 1775, provincial soldiers fortified a virtually unknown hill in a bucolic pasture overlooking Boston. Later that day, the pasture would transform into a battlefield as the provincials inflicted devastating casualties on advancing British forces. The British won the battle, but at what cost?
With the 248th anniversary of the Battle approaching in June, Katie Turner Getty will discuss the experiences of both British and American combatants using firsthand accounts, and explore what happened in the different geographic areas of the Charlestown peninsula – the redoubt, the rail fence, Charlestown Neck, and Mystic beach.
She will also tackle enduring mysteries such as whether the battle really took place on Bunker Hill and whether it was truly an American loss, as well as why the British attempted an uphill frontal assault against an entrenched enemy in the first place.
As always we will start with a brief business meeting at 7:15, followed by the talk. Doors will open at 6:45 to allow time to view exhibits before the program.
Katie Turner Getty has published numerous articles and given talks about exciting aspects of the American Revolution and loves sharing her passion for history with audiences.