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Battle of Bunker Hill, June 17, 1775Download nowEnlargeShow similar images

Title: Battle of Bunker Hill, June 17, 1775

Description: Battle of Bunker Hill, shown at right, at Charles Town (now Charlestown, a neighborhood of Boston, Mass.), located on a peninsula north of Boston proper, June 17, 1775. Most of the battle was fought at neighboring Breed's Hill during the Siege of Boston (April 19, 1775-March 17, 1776), where New England militiamen, later members of the Continental Army, surrounded the town and besieged the British army garrisoned there. Colonial troops commanded by General William Prescott (February 20, 1726-October 13, 1795) occupied Bunker Hill and built earthworks on adjoining Breed's Hill after learning that the British intended to occupy these heights. The British forces, under the command of General William Howe (August 10, 1729-July 12, 1814), made three frontal attacks, driving the Colonials off the hills in their final charge, but at a great cost, losing almost a third of their forces (more than 200 killed and 800 wounded out of 3,000 effectives). The Colonials suffered much fewer casualties (115 killed and 300 wounded out of 2,400 effectives). The Colonials retreated in good order to Cambridge and continued the Siege. It was at this battle that the famous order "Don't fire until you the see the whites of their eyes!" was shouted. That cry is attributed to Prescott and several others, including General Israel Putnam (January 7, 1718-May 29, 1790).

Category: American Revolutionary War

Keywords: Battle of Bunker Hill, William Prescott, Israel Putnam, William Howe, British troops, Siege of Boston, American Revolution, American Revolutionary War, American War of Independence, colonial troops, militiamen, Minutemen, revolutionaries, rebels, rebellions

Orientation: Landscape

Dimensions: 1875 x 1210 (2.27 MPixels) (1.55)

Print Size: 15.9 x 10.2 cm; 6.3 x 4.0 inches

File Size: 6.52 MB (6,841,106 Bytes)

Resolution: 300 x 300 dpi

Color Depth: 16.7 million (24 BitsPerPixel)

Compression: None

Image Number: 0000004344

Source: Jay Robert Nash Collection

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