Bunker Hill.doc - Battle of Bunker Hill The colonists took a hill that overlooked the Boston Harbor The hill was called Breed's Hill after its owner The

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Battle of Bunker Hill The colonists took a hill that overlooked the Boston Harbor. The hill was called Breed's Hill after its owner. The army thought they were on a different hill named Bunker Hill which was nearby. The battle that took placed was called the Battle of Bunker Hill because of this mistake. The battle began when the British commander sent soldiers up the hill to take it from the colonists. The British were forced back by the Americans muskets. They charged again and were again driven back by colonial guns. On the third charge the colonists were almost out of ammunition so the British were able to take over Breed's Hill. While the exact number of casualties varies among historians, the Americans were estimated at 441 killed and wounded…with the British casualties at 1,150 killed and wounded. In all of the twenty battles of the Revolution, Bunker Hill exacted a heavy toll on British officers. In this one battle alone one-eighth of the British officers in the entire War were killed and one- sixth were wounded on that day. Following the earlier skirmishes at Lexington and Concord, the battle of Bunker Hill was significant in that it overruled any real hope of conciliation. The outcome of the battle rallied the

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