Salem Poor earned his place in history during the Battle of Bunker Hill. For his deeds in that battle, he received a commendation extolling him as a “brave and gallant soldier.” He also served elsewhere with the American army during the Revolutionary War, including at Valley Forge.
The Battle of Bunker Hill took place at the onset of the Revolutionary War and is considered a decisive turning point for the American colonies.
Bailyn, Bernard. "The Battle of Bunker Hill." The Massachusetts Historical Society.