The Battle of Bunker Hill was fought on June 17, 1775, only days after George Washington was elected Commander in Chief of the Continental Army. Despite the name, the battle was actually fought on Breed's Hill.
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|After the Battle of
Lexington and Concord, the patriot militia controlled the
hills surrounding Boston. The patriots heard through
their spies that the British were planning to attack
Bunker Hill. The patriots sent 1600 men to set up
fortifications on Breed's Hill, which was closer to
On June 17, 1775 General Howe led 2600 British soldiers up Breed's Hill. British warships also fired on the patriots position.
The Americans held off two British charges, but were finally forced to retreat on the third charge. The British suffered heavy losses with 226 men killed and 828 more wounded. The British gained control of Breed's Hill.
Battle of Bunker Hill (Source: Library of Congress)
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