the battle of bunker hill

By: isabell sandbothe

getting ready for battle

On June 16, 1775, having learned that the British were planning to send troops from Boston to occupy the hills surrounding the city, some 1,000 colonial military men under Colonel William Prescott (1726-95) built from earth for little bases like a dug out,on top of Breed’s Hill, overlooking Boston and located on the Charleston Peninsula.

going in to battle

On June 17, some 2,200 British forces under the command of Major General William Howe and Brigadier General Robert Pigot landed on the Charleston Peninsula then marched to Breed’s Hill. As the British advanced in columns against the Americans, in an effort to conserve the Americans’ limited supply of ammunition, reportedly told his men, “Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes!” When the Redcoats were within several dozen yards, the Americans let loose with a lethal army of musket fires, throwing the British into retreat.the battle ended on June 17 of 1783