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Sunday, 18 August 2013

Battle of Bunker Hill

The Battle of Bunker Hill was one of the first engagements between the Colonists and British during the American War of Independence. The battle was fought on June 17, 1775 outside of Boston. The Colonists inflicted heavy casualties on British forces before losing the battle.

The Battle of Bunker Hill, by Howard Pyle, 1897

Before the fighting began Col. William Prescott told his men, “Don’t fire till you see the whites of their eyes.”

Thousands of people watched the Battle of Bunker Hill take place. People in the Boston area sat on rooftops, in trees, on church steeples, and in the rigging of ships in the harbor to watch the American revolutionaries battle the British.

Salem Poor, a slave who purchased his freedom, is credited with mortally wounding British Lieutenant Colonel James Abercrombie during the battle. Poor's valor and gallantry at the Battle of Bunker Hill prompted 14 officers, including Colonel William Prescott, to cite him for heroism.

The Colonists lost the Battle of Bunker Hill when they ran out of gunpowder and had to retreat. The American Revolutionary War ended in 1781, with the British surrender after the siege of Yorktown, Virginia.

1 comment:

  1. Warfare is a fascinating subject. Despite the dubious morality of using violence to achieve personal or political aims. It remains that conflict has been used to do just that throughout recorded history.

    Your article is very well done, a good read.