The Battle of Bunker Hill June 17, 1775 Breed’s Hill/Bunker Hill • 1,000 Patriots fortified Breed’s Hill, digging trenches and using cotton and hay bales for protection. • British Generals, having seen the patriots occupying the hill, ordered their ships to bombard them with cannon fire. The Battle • British troops charged • Running low on gun up the hill. powder/ammunition • American General the patriots retreated Prescott ordered, towards Bunker Hill. “Don’t shoot until you • Casualties see the whites of their 1346 British eyes.” 441 American Peter Salem, an African American, led the final charge at Bunker Hill and mortally wounded a British Commanding Officer, Major Pitcairn. What was the outcome… • The battle served to prove to the American people that the British Army was not invincible. It became a symbol of national pride and a rallying point of resistance against British rule. • The under trained, undermanned, and under supplied Continental Army can stand up to the superior British Army/Navy.
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