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AMERICAN HISTORY





Remember Bunker Hill?
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  The Battle of Bunker Hill on June 17, 1775 ended in victory for the British.  But in many ways, the battle was a victory for the American military tactics.  Most of the colonists were handy with rifles and had used them to hunt for more than a few meals.
  General Israel Putnam was well aware of this and reminded his men: "You are all marksmen.  Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes."
  Putnam's men took the advice, and most of their bullets found their marks.  When the battle was over,  the British had suffered nearly 1,200 casualties,  compared with just 411 American casualties.
  The battle, which actually took place on Breed's Hill, probably would have been won by the Americans if they hadn't run out of ammunition, forcing them to retreat.









Funny Money? -- Not really!

The money for "The United Colonies" was designed to pay war expenses and was backed by taxes collected from the colonies. 
Continental Currency was issued in the denominations of  $1, $2, $3, $4, $5, $6, $7, $8, $20, and $30.
Among some of the interesting features on the bills is the motto on the $3 note:  Exitus in dubio est ("The outcome is in doubt").  The motto on the  $4 note:  Aut mors aut vita decora ("Either death or an honorable life").