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Bunker Hill By: ZANE,& Johnathan
Bunker Hill Facts
On June 17, 1775, early in the Revolutionary War (1775-83)
They battled in Massachusetts
The British defeated the Americans
A bake sale raised money to build the Bunker Hill Monument.
The Battle of Bunker Hill was not actually fought on Bunker Hill.
On June 16, 1775, with fortifying 110-ft.-tall Bunker Hill on the Charlestown peninsula, which jutted into Boston Harbor, Colonel William P. instead lead the 1,000 patriots joining him to build an earthen fort atop neighboring Breed’s Hill, a shorter peak with a closer perch to the British under siege in Boston.
During the American Revolution, British General William Howe lands his troops on the Charlestown peninsula overlooking Boston and leads them against Breed’s Hill, a fortified American position just below Bunker Hill. As the British went in columns against the Americans, General William Prescott told his men, “Don’t one of you fire until you see the whites of their eyes!” When the Redcoats were within 40 yds, the Americans fired a barrage of musket fire, killing nearly 100 troops and British retreated. After reforming his lines, Howe attacked again, with much the same result. However, Prescott’s men were low on ammunition, and when Howe led his men up the hill for a 3rd time, they reached the redoubts and engaged the Americans in hand-to-hand combat. The outnumbered Americans retreated.