The Whites of Their Eyes

The Bunker Hill Monument

June 17 is Bunker Hill Day — one of many holidays in Boston and vicinity that commemorate the Revolutionary War. And one of many, like Patriot’s Day (April 19), that I had to give up when I left Massachusetts. (I take the days off anyway.)

This event is famous for the expression: Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes! allegedly necessary because the troops were low on ammunition.

An embarrassing admission: As a grade school student, on a field trip to the monument, I couldn’t make the climb! Thanks to Joey who gave me a helping hand, c. 1947.


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One Response to “The Whites of Their Eyes”

  1. Mike Gora says:

    I recently discovered “The Pictorial Field-book of the War of 1812” from 1869 and then the earlier “The pictorial Field-book of the Revolution” from 1860. Both are available for free from various online sources as a PDF and are wonderful. And as a Rhode Islander originally, I also enjoyed the recent “God, War and Providence” which gives some interesting insights into the early Massachusetts Puritans.