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Death of General Warren at the Battle of Bunker Hill

Death of General Warren at the Battle of Bunker Hill

Joseph Warren, a popular and innovative doctor who advocated sterile conditions in treating patients and inoculation of small-pox patients, sent Paul Revere and William Dawes on their warning-mission to Lexington and Concord.  Soon thereafter, the Massachusetts Provincial Congress commissioned him to serve the American cause as a major-general. 

Since that commission was not yet in effect, he fought at Bunker Hill as a volunteer (despite requests from General Putnam and Colonel Prescott that he take command).  Demonstrating great heroism, he was shot (between the eyes) by a British officer who recognized him.  It was six days after his 34th birthday.

This painting by John Trumbull (1756-1843), now at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, depicts the death of General Warren near the end of the Bunker Hill battle. 

Trumbull, who became a famous American painter, also fought at Bunker Hill.


Media Credits

Image, courtesy Library of Congress.

 

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