The Battle of Bunker HillThere 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).