The Battle of Bunker Hill
On June 17, 1775, near Boston, Massachustes. Colonial forces attacking Boston learned that British leaders were planning to send troops out from the city to occupy the hils near by. In response 1,200 colonial troops under William Prescott secretly took control of Bunker Hill and built earthen redoubts. When the British learned of their presence, they mounted an attack on the position. After two attacks on the colonial lines, the British were rejected with significant losses. But on the third siege, after the defenders in the redoubt ran out of ammo, they retreated over Bunker Hill, and had many casulties. 828 British were wounded, and 226 killed, including a large number of officers. 115 colonist were killed, 305 wounded, and 30were captured(20 died as POW's). The early Americans suffered one of many great losses. However, the inexperienced Americans were willing to fight against a regular army and stand in mortal combat.