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.
• 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.