When reenacting or acting as a historical interpreter, its good to have a few historical dates and stories to share. This series will publish a few.
June 17, 1775 Battle of Bunker Hill.
Well actually, Breed’s Hill… On June 13, 1775, the leaders of the colonial forces besieging Boston learned that the British were planning to send troops out from the city to fortify the unoccupied hills surrounding the city, which would give them control of Boston Harbor. In response, 1,200 colonial troops under the command of William Prescott stealthily occupied Bunker Hill and Breed’s Hill. During the night, the colonists constructed a strong redoubt on Breed’s Hill, as well as smaller fortified lines across the Charlestown Peninsula.
By daybreak of June 17, the British mounted an attack against them. Two waves of attach were repulsed with significant casualties; the third and final attack carried the redoubt after the defenders ran out of ammunition. The battle was a tactical, though somewhat Pyrrhic victory for the British involving many more casualties than the Americans had incurred, including many officers.
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