May 25, 2020

Battle of Bunker Hill

The American Revolution, Battle of Bunker Hill, fought on Breeds Hill.

Battle of Bunker Hill

The Battle of Bunker Hill is part 10 of “Revisiting the American Revolution History,” my lead up to the Fourth of July celebration.

After the Battle of Lexington and Concord the colonial militia chased the British army back to Boston. There, the militia held position around the city. British generals were concern about the militia holding the high ground around Boston, and planned to send troops to occupy the hills surrounding the city. The Battle of Bunker Hill, actually fought on Breed’s Hill, took place on June 17, 1775. William Prescott with about 1,200 colonial militia were sent to fortify the top of Breed’s Hill. The British troops attacked the next day, and the first two attacks were repulsed by the militia. On the third assault, the colonial militia ran out of ammunition and had to retreat back to Cambridge. Although the British won the battle, it resulted in over 800 wounded and 226 killed. More important, the colonists had demonstrated they were willing and able to stand up to the British troops.

Check out these links to learn more about the Battle of Bunker Hill. Also see the Battle of Bunker Hill video collection.

In the next session, I’ll talk about the British evacuation of Boston.

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