I have decided to revise this post, first published April 8, 2012, based on new information. If you’ve read the previous version, I beg you to read this new one, as it is radically changed.
It’s that time of year: springtime for New England, and in mid April each year, Massachusetts and Maine celebrate the … (read more)
Following the Battle of Bunker Hill, Capt. Callender of the Massachusetts Artillery was cashiered from the service for cowardice, and a few months after, Maj. Scarborough Gridley, son of Col. Richard Gridley, that commander of the regiment, was also court-martialed and booted from the service. Finally, it was Capt. Samuel Gridley’s turn.
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Following the Battle of Bunker Hill, Capt. Callender of the Massachusetts Artillery was cashiered from the service for cowardice, though he would soon after redeem himself. The charges of Callender’s colleague, Capt. Samuel Gridley, were still not decided when the court convened to consider the latter’s cousin, Maj. Scarborough Gridley, son of Col. Richard Gridley, … (read more)
This story of the colonial cannon at the Battle of Bunker Hill is a bleak one. First, Capt. Samuel Gridley abandoned his two field artillery. Then Capt. John Callender did the same. And finally, Maj. Scarborough Gridley failed even to join the battle, fearful as he was of crossing Charlestown Neck. If it were not … (read more)
If you’ve been reading my blog, then you’ll recognize the name of my fellow Revolutionary War historian Dr. Sam Forman, who has collaborated on this blog before. First, congratulations is due to Sam for the recent release of his new biography Dr. Joseph Warren: The Boston Tea Party, Bunker Hill, and the Birth of American … (read more)