forces; the rest fleeing to General Gage
All these things were traditional among Cambridge
boys; we knew the spot where the troops had been drawn up, opposite Dr. Holmes
's “Old Manse,” while President Langdon
offered prayer, ere he dismissed them to their march toward Bunker Hill
We all knew the spot where Washington
took command of the army; and the house (the Craigie House
) where he dwelt.
We played the battle of Bunker Hill
on the grass-grown redoubts built during the siege of Boston
Only one of these is left, the three-gun battery known as. Fort Washington
, but there was a finer one on Putnam Avenue, where greenhouses now stand.
More elaborate than any were those around the ruins of the convent on Mount Benedict
; they encircled the hill and could accommodate a regiment of schoolboys.
Moreover, there still lingered one or two wounded veterans whom we eyed with reverence, chief of whom was Lowell
's “Old Joe” :
Old Joe is gone, who saw hot Percy goad
His slow artillery up the Concord road-