This scene shows the Battle of Bunker Hill, near Boston, which took place on 17 June 1775. British Major John Small (1726-1796) is seen protecting American doctor and soldier Joseph Warren (1741-1775) as British grenadiers approach. Two grenadiers, armed with a bayonet and a sword, prepare to finish the dying American soldier in revenge for an attack on their wounded comrade, carried behind them. John Trumbull, the artist of the work, has indicated the humanity and suffering of the soldiers on both sides of the conflict.
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