The previous posts describe how first Capt. Samuel Gridley and then Capt. John Callender both abandoned their two respective artillery guns, just as the Battle of Bunker Hill was about to be waged. Sadly, there is one other tale of dereliction of duty that the Massachusetts Artillery Regiment was guilty of.
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As discussed in the last article, in the morning hours ahead of the afternoon Battle of Bunker Hill on June 17, 1775, as the Americans dug in and prepared their defenses against the British, the first artillery company arrived on the field with two cannon, under the command of Capt. Samuel Gridley. This newly minted … (read more)