The Battle of Bunker Hill, American War of Independence, 1775
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Musicians in battle: pictures of the brave and the bold
4. The Battle of Bunker Hill, American War of Independence, 1775
These British drummers stayed wisely near the back at one of this War's early battles - unlike their mate who can be seen felled in the centre. The British took the ground but lost 226 men, including 34 commissioned officers. Painting by Howard Pyle (1853-1911).