On this day in 1776, Joseph Warren was re-interred at the Granary Burying Ground in Boston. Warren had been killed by a bullet to the head at the Battle of Bunker Hill on June 17, 1775, and buried in a shallow grave with several other American dead. After British troops evacuated from Boston in March of 1776, Warren's friends exhumed his remains and transferred them to the Granary Burying Ground.
In 1824, Warren's bones were moved again, to St. Paul's Church. In 1855, they were moved again, to Forest Hill Cemetery.
"But who knows the fate of his bones, or how often he is to be buried? Who hath the oracle of his ashes, or whither they are to be scattered? The relicks of many lie like the ruins of Pompey's, in all parts of the earth; and when they arrive at your hands these may seem to have wandered far, who, in a direct and meridian travel, have but few miles of known earth between yourself and the pole."
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