The Museum of the American Revolution has bought a rare bible used in the Battle of Bunker Hill which happened on June 17,1775. The war-era bible, King James Bible, was sold at a Bonham’s New York City spring auction on April 11. It was sold for $161,000.The revolutionary bible is the only artifact that is safe and unharmed that reminds people of the American revolution.
Francis Merrifield (1735-1814), who fortunately survived the bloody battle, owned the bible. Born in Ipswich, Mass, he joined the Ipswich militia after the 1775 battle. During the French and Indian War, he worked at Fort Ticonderoga, according to Philly.com.
“Cambridge, Jun 17, 1775. I desire to bless God for his Kind experience [sic] in delivering me and sparing my life in the late battle fought on Bunker’s Hill. I desire to devote this spared life to his Glory and honour. In witness my hand, Francis Merrifield.” he wrote on the back and front of the Bible.
The Bible was funded by several donors. It will be exhibited next year in Philadelphia, after the opening of the museum.
R. Scott Stephenson, the Museum’s vice president, takes care of the collection, programming and exhibition. He said that the bible reflects the religious prominence of god to safeguard the souls of those who fought the revolutionary war.
He told Fox News: “It provides an incredible opportunity to showcase the role that religious faith played in sustaining those who were involved in the American Revolution. While historians still passionately discuss and debate this important subject, it doesn’t always get a great deal of attention in museums.”
The Bunker Hill Battle continued till 1783, where the British defeated the Americans in Massachusetts. It occurred mostly near the Breed’s Hills. On June 16, 1775, British planned to occupy the hills; circling the city, by sending troops from Boston.
The battle claimed around 100 American troops; injuring hundreds. And, Merrifield was one of those who left the ground alive in the end.