The Bible at the Battle of Bunker Hill

A small, pocket Bible carried by Francis Merrifield, an American soldier in the Battle of Bunker Hill, survived the most iconic battle of the Revolutionary War. Of 400 American troops killed or wounded, he was one of the last to leave the field of battle.

Writing extensively on the inside covers of the Bible thanking God for his survival, on the back of the New Testament title page he wrote: “Cambridge June 17, 1775: I desire to bless God in . . . sparing my life in the late battle fought on Bunker’s Hill.”

On display at the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia, the Bible and its inscription showcases what the museum considers “the role religious faith played in sustaining those involved in the American Revolution.” Engage with the Bible—in the stories surrounding this Book of all books!

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