Ken Tooke

About Ken Tooke

Ken is a graduate of The University of Texas with Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Archaeology and Cultural Anthropology. He also holds an Associate of Science Degree in Electronics and is a 12 year veteran of the United States Air Force. Married to the former Gretchen May Kimbro he has five children who bring much joy to his life.

Battle of Bunker Hill Begins

Battle of Bunker Hill begins

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British General William Howe lands his troops on the Charlestown Peninsula overlooking Boston, Massachusetts, and leads them against Breed’s Hill, a fortified American position just below Bunker Hill, on this day in 1775.

As the British advanced in columns against the Americans, American General William Prescott reportedly told his men, “Don’t one of you fire until you see the whites of their eyes!” When the Redcoats were within 40 yards, the Americans let loose with a lethal barrage of musket fire, throwing the British into retreat. After reforming his lines, Howe attacked again, with much the same result. Prescott’s men were now low on ammunition, though, and when Howe led his men up the hill for a third time, they reached the redoubts and engaged the Americans in hand-to-hand combat. The outnumbered Americans were forced to retreat. However, by the end of the engagement, the Patriots’ gunfire had cut down nearly 1,000 enemy troops, including 92 officers. Of the 370 Patriots who fell, most were struck while in retreat.

The British had won the so-called Battle of Bunker Hill, and Breed’s Hill and the Charlestown Peninsula fell firmly under British control. Despite losing their strategic positions, the battle was a morale-builder for the Americans, convincing them that patriotic dedication could overcome superior British military might.

The British entered the Battle of Bunker Hill overconfident. Had they merely guarded Charlestown Neck, they could have isolated the Patriots with little loss of life. Instead, Howe had chosen to try to wipe out the Yankees by marching 2,400 men into a frontal assault on the Patriots’ well-defended position on top of the hill. The British would never make the same mistake again.

 

o   Author

History.com Staff

o   Website Name

History.com

o   Year Published

2009

o   Title

Battle of Bunker Hill begins

o   URL

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/battle-of-bunker-hill-begins

o   Access Date

June 16, 2017

o   Publisher

A+E Networks

Pictures from Memorial Day

Pictures from Memorial Day at the State Cemetery 2017

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Back Row – Left to Right Darrin Hutchinson (Alexander Hamilton Chapter-Georgetown) Lane Redwine (Alexander Hamilton Chapter-Georgetown) Nathan Smith Alex Smith Jim Scott (Alexander Hamilton Chapter-Georgetown) Bob Jordan Ray DeVries (Alexander Hamilton Chapter-Georgetown) Henry Shoenfelt Shiidon Hawley Stu Hoyt (William Hightower Chapter-New Braunfels) – State Color Guard Southern Commander Tom Jackson (Robert Rankin Chapter-Houston) Don Chandler (William Hightower Chapter-New Braunfels) Gary Chapel Front Row – Left to Right Robert Hites – Chapter Color Guard Commander Jim Clements – Chapter President Stan Trull (William Hightower-New Braunfels) Richard Fawkes Not pictured but included in the event were John Knox, Wayne Courreges, and Kenny Tooke (taking the picture)

Back Row – Left to Right
Darrin Hutchinson (Alexander Hamilton Chapter-Georgetown)
Lane Redwine (Alexander Hamilton Chapter-Georgetown)
Nathan Smith
Alex Smith
Jim Scott (Alexander Hamilton Chapter-Georgetown)
Bob Jordan
Ray DeVries (Alexander Hamilton Chapter-Georgetown)
Henry Shoenfelt
Shiidon Hawley
Stu Hoyt (William Hightower Chapter-New Braunfels) – State Color Guard Southern Commander
Tom Jackson (Robert Rankin Chapter-Houston)
Don Chandler (William Hightower Chapter-New Braunfels)
Gary Chapel
Front Row – Left to Right
Robert Hites – Chapter Color Guard Commander
Jim Clements – Chapter President
Stan Trull (William Hightower-New Braunfels)
Richard Fawkes
Not pictured but included in the event were John Knox, Wayne Courreges, and Kenny Tooke (taking the picture)