What was Britain’s response to the Battle at Bunker Hill?

220px-Kings_Proclamation_1775_08_23August 23, 1775 — King George III of Great Britain issued the Proclamation of Rebellion today in response to the Battle at Bunker Hill, which occurred on June 17.

The proclamation ordered British officials to “use their utmost endeavors to withstand and suppress such rebellion.”

King George expanded on the Proclamation in October of 1775, for he believed that American leaders were instigating the rebellion in a “desperate conspiracy” to become an independent nation.

The colonists responded that they were loyal to the king, and said that while they would defend their rights and retaliate, they told the King that they hoped to avoid a civil war. Less than a year later, however, they declared their independence and the Revolutionary War began.

Sources: historyushistorybritishbattleswikipedia

Sources: history.com, ushistory.org, britishbattles.com, wikipedia/ProclamationofRebellion

Words of Wisdom for August 23, 2016

“Gentlemen, I am very happy in having the honor of commanding so fine a band of men. I do not in the least doubt that you will behave like Englishmen and becomrth good Soldiers. If the enemy will not come out of their entrenchments, we must drive them out at all events. Otherwise, the town of Boston will be set on fire by them. I shall not desire one of you to go a step farther than where I go myself at your head. Remember, gentlemen, we have no recourse to any other resourses if we lose Boston but to go on board our ships, which will be very disagreeable to us all.”

— British General William Howe, Commander-in-Chief of British during the American War of Independence