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Bunker Hill

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Definition: Two-day engagement between British forces under the command of General William Howe and American forces under Colonel William Prescott. The Americans had occupied Breed's Hill in Charlestown on June 16, 1775, in order to protect the shipyard of nearby Boston. The next day, the British attacked. They took the hill but suffered heavy losses. The Americans fired until they were out of ammunition, then quickly retreated. To conserve ammunition, Prescott told his men, "Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes." Even though the battle was fought on Breed's Hill, it has been remembered as the Battle of Bunker Hill.

Related Resources:
The American Revolutionary War
This fun, illustrated article tells you all you need to know about this famous war, from an easy-to-understand point of view.

The Courage of William Prescott
Find out more about Prescott and how he inspired his men and, in turn, the American people.

Elsewhere on the Web:
The Battle of Bunker Hill
Outstanding site gives you a map of the battle, a detailed account of who attacked and when, even quotes from generals of the time!

The Revolutionary War: Causes and Major Battles
This site has it all!

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