June 17: Battle of Bunker Hill
On this date in 1775, the Battle of Bunker Hill was fought in Charlestown, Massachusetts. Although the British were able to take the area on the third assault, they suffered heavy losses prompting one general to write in his diary, “A few more such victories would have shortly put an end to British dominion in America.”
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Major John Pitcairn
Pitcairn is shown talking with other officers in a tavern. At the Battle of Bunker Hill, he commanded a reserve force of about 30 Royal marines. He fell victim to a musket shot, said to have been fired by a former slave named Peter Salem. Pitcairn toppled into the arms of his son and died of his wound within hours. From the ClipArt ETC website.
Map of the Battle of Bunker Hill
A plan of the Battle of Bunker Hill (Breed’s Hill) on the Charlestown peninsula in Boston Harbor (June 17, 1775), showing the American and British positions, the breastworks and redoubt built by the Americans, the artillery positions of the British on Copp’s Hill, Morton’s Hill, and naval positions of the British ship Falcon, Lively, and Somerset in the Charles River, and the gondolas near Charles Neck, with ranges given. From the Maps ETC website.