The first significant battle during the siege of Boston, it began after Lexington and Concord on 19 April. 450 American rebels and 1000 British soldiers died in the battle for control of Bunker Hill and Breed’s Hill which provided ideal artillery positions in Charleston overlooking Boston. The British were victorious but American morale was strengthened by the losses the irregulars were able to inflict on the British redcoats.
Editors. "Battle of Bunker Hill". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 February 2010
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