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Report of the Committee appointed to inquire into the misconduct in the late Engagement. [1775-06-23] Massachusetts, Provincial Congress. [S4-V2-p1438] [Document Details][Complete Volume]


Report of the Committee

Page v2:1438

The Committee who were appointed on the 20th instant to inquire into the misconduct in the late engagement, reported as follows, viz:

The Committee appointed to inquire into the grounds of a report which has prevailed in the Army, that there has been treachery in some of the Officers, beg leave to report facts: Your Committee proceeded to Cambridge, waited upon the General, and made him acquainted with their business. He informed your Committee that General Putnam had made complaint of an officer in the Train, but by a mistake in the name, the wrong officer was confined. We applied to General Putnam, and other officers, who were in the heat of he engagement, for further intelligence. General Putnam informed us, that in the late action, as he was riding up Bunker' s Hill, he met an officer of the Train drawing his cannon down in great haste; he ordered the officer to stop and go back; he replied he had no cartridges; the General dismounted and examined his boxes, and found a considerable number of cartridges, upon which he ordered him back; he refused, until the General threatened him with immediate death, upon which he returned up the hill again, but soon deserted his post and left the cannon. Another officer, who had the direction of another cannon, conducted much in the same manner. The relation of this matter from General Putnam was confirmed by several other officers of distinction, as to what is most material relative thereto. These Officers' names are, Captain Gridley and Captain John Kallander. General Putnam declared to your Committee, as his opinion, that the defeat of that day was owing to the ill-behaviour of those that conducted the artillery, and that, one of these officers ought to be punished with death, and that unless some exemplary punishment was inflicted, he would assuredly leave the Army. That upon the defeat of the officers of the Train, the re-enforcements ordered up the hill could not be prevailed upon to go; the plea was, the Artillery was gone, and they stood no chance for their lives in such circumstances, declaring they had no officers to lead them. An officer of rank affirmed to your Committee that he absolutely knew that some of the cartridges and balls were too large for the cannon, and that it was necessary to break the cartridges before they could be of use.

Ordered, That the Report lie on the table till they are ready to report in full.


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