There were many great battles during the American Revolution. One of these battles was
The Battle of Bunker Hill, which was the first large-scale engagement of the American
Revolution, took place on June 17, 1775 in Charlestown (now part of Boston), Massachusetts
(Encarta Online Website). It is one of the most important colonial victories in the U.S. War for
Independence. The battle of Bunker Hill was not just an event that happened overnight but merely
the beginning of an unforeseen victory in this long drawn out war. This battle was a result of
struggle and hostility between Great Britain and the colonies for many years.
Perhaps two of the most notable injustices, as perceived by the colonists, were the Stamp
Act and the Intolerable Acts. As a rebellion towards these laws the colonist protested with the
Boston Tea Party. Because of these incidents and other infractions, neither side trusted the other,
and had concerns that the opposition would launch an attack upon them.
The Battle of Bunker Hill started when the colonists learned about the British plan to
occupy Dorchester Heights. The colonists were understandably shaken by this news. They
thought of this as the last straw, and they had to protect their land and freedom. A crude "army"
was made to defend the hill. The army was not a national one, for no nation existed yet. Instead,
the army was made up of men from Cambridge, New England, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New
Hampshire, and Rhode Island. At this time, slaves were even given their freedom, as to enlist in
the army. For example, Peter Salem, a black slave from Massachusetts, fought in the Battle of
Bunker Hill after being released from slavery (The American Revolutionaries, page 133).
Because this combined force of men had no assigned commander in chief, they did what their