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The Battle of Bunker Hill took place on June 17, 1775 on the Charles town Peninsula on the North side of the Boston Harbor. It was fought between the British troops of the Boston Garrison and the American Contintental Army. General William Howe was the leader of the British and General Israel Putnam was the leader of the Americans. British General Howe had planned a surprise attack on the American Army on Breed's hill in the afternoon of June 17. On the night of June 16, the Americans occupied Breed's Hill and Bunker Hill. They built a fortification on Breed's hill, and had completed it by morning. General Howe was amazed at the fort that had appeared overnight. He exclaimed, "The rebels have done more work in one night than my whole army would do in one month!" The British troops arrived on the shores of Charles town just past noon on June 17. As locals began to notice their arrival, they began to fire at the invading redcoats. The town was set to flames from the local's attacks. As the town was burning, General Howe made his first attack. His primary goal was to attack the rail fence. He and his principal force attacked there, as General Robert Pigot lead an assault on the fort. An elite group of infantry was also sent to attack on the Mystic shore. The sight of the British coming towards them was a scary thing for the Americans. They were ordered, "Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes," and to aim low by General Israel Putnam. They were low on ammunition and gun powder, so he wanted to ensure no shots that were fired would miss. In the end, the British won the battle. The Americans were defeated due to their lack of supplies, rivalries between themselves, and lack of discipline. They took control of Breed's Hill and Bunker Hill. The British had a total of 1,150 troops killed or injured, and the Americans had 450 casualties. Although the Americans had lost, the Battle of Bunker Hill was still and important event in the Revolution. They proved to themselves that they could stand up to the British army and their warfare. The British had taken control of the hill, but only a few days later George Washington lead his troops to Dorchester Heights, setting their cannons towards the British. The British retreated and the Americans regained control of the hill.

A Video describing the events of the Battle of Bunker Hill.

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Israel Putnam was the American General during the Revolutionary war in the Battle of Bunker Hill. He was born in Massachusetts in 1718. Before the American Revolution, Putnam fought in the French and Indian war as a private in 1755. He was elected general assembly of Connecticut in 1766.The morning after the battles of Lexington and Concord, a horseman approached Putnam with the news of the surprise attack on Bunker Hill. Once he heard this, he immediately gathered the militia to inform them of the news and he was chosen to lead in the battle. Putnam was a brave, fearless, courageous leader. His past war experience and skills of Indian warfare set him apart from others as a great leader. The most famous quote from the Battle of Bunker Hill is, "Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes!" Putnam said this because he wanted to ensure all shots made would be successful. Although the Americans did not win the battle, Putnam was still a great leader. The Battle of Bunker Hill was a success for the Americans because they regained control of the hill just days after and didn't lose as many troops as the British did. Many even consider him a hero.
British General William Howe
William Howe was the British General during the American Revolution in the Battle of Bunker Hill. Howe was born in 1729 in England and joined the army in 1746. He fought in the Seven Year's war and the War of the Austrian Succession. He is known for his role in the capture of Quebec in 1749, where he led a British force and captured the cliffs at Anse-au-Foulon, which allowed James Wolfe's army to land and attack the French. General Howe gave command of the operation to attack Bunker Hill in the American Revolution. Howe showed great courage in the battle, but his tactics and overwhelming confidence made him be seen in a darker light. As a leader, Howe did an okay job. His troops did win the Battle under his leadership, but the battle was overall not a success for the British.


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