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Bunker Hill: The Noblest Victim Was the Most Suitable Offering

Dr. Joseph Warren was the foremost Patriot leader in the year prior to the Battles of Lexington and Concord, and his ’60 days’ leading to the Battle of Bunker Hill. Had Warren survived that battle, contemporaries claimed the name of Washington might be obscure. British General Thomas Gage declared the life of Warren equal to 500 ordinary colonials. Though, perhaps the most influential Patriot, today, few recognize his name.    “His death served to adorn the cause for which he contended, excited emulation, and gave a pledge of perseverance and ultimate success.  In the grand sacrifice, of which a new nation was that day to celebrate in the face of the world, to prove their sincerity to Heaven, whose Providence they had invoked, the noblest victim was the most suitable offering.”  Historian William Tudor’s comment (1823) on the death of Joseph Warren at the Battle of Bunker Hill.

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