bunker hill monument

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bunker hill monument
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charlestown, massachusetts 02129

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Fought on June 17, 1775, the battle of Bunker Hill pitted an untrained American militia against a battle-hardened British army. Since the Americans had little gunpowder and ammunition, the famous line "Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes" was uttered at this battle as a pragmatic order.

Out of the 2,200 British troops at the battle, almost half (1,034) were counted afterwards as casualties (both killed and wounded). The Americans lost between 400-600 combined casualties.

Also killed during this battle was the popular American patriot, Major-General Dr. Joseph Warren, who was killed during the third and final assault.

Today, Bunker Hill has a 221-foot granite obelisk to mark the first site of the first battle of the American Revolution, and is on the Boston Freedom Trail.

photo: Elisa Rolle
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