Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Battle of Bunker Hill

The Battle of Bunker Hill was an early battle in the American Revolutionary War fought during the siege of Boston on June 17, 1775. On June 13th, Israel Putnam, given charge of fortifying the peninsula, sent Wiliam Prescott along with 1200 troops to fortify the hills outside Boston before the British could do the same.

The British noticed and decided to attack. General Howe was of the opinion that the hill would be easily taken. The British used longboats to ferry 1500 men to the eastern end of the peninsula. Prescott, seeing the British preparations called for reinforcements and received approximately 200 more men.