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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Bunker Hill Battle

Bunker Hill Battle, on June 16th, 1775 during the American Revolution from the ClipArt ETC website.

Battle Scene

Scene during the Battle of Bunker Hill from the ClipArt ETC website.

Bunker Hill Monument

Gallery of Photos of the Bunker Hill Monument from the ClipPix ETC website.

Revolutionary War Drum

This drum was used at the Battle of Bunker Hill. Three photos from the ClipPix ETC website.
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Bunker Hill Monument in 3D

Three stereoscopic views of the Bunker Hill Monument from the ClipPix ETC website.
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New England Flag

The American flag used at the Battle of Bunker Hill was called the “New England flag.” It is blue with a canton quartered with the cross of St. George and a tree in a quarter of the canton. From the ClipArt ETC website.

Charlestown Panorama

Charlestown in 1775. No. 1 is Bunker Hill; 2, Breed’s Hill; 3, Moulton’s Point; 4, a causeway near the Neck, at the foot of Bunker Hill; 5, Charlestown, at the foot of Breed’s Hill. Charlestown neck is on the extreme left. From the ClipArt ETC website.

Bunker Hill Battle Scene

A battle of the American Revolution named after the adjacent hill, which was the objective of both colonial and British troops. from the ClipArt ETC website.

Joseph Warren

Joseph Warren of Boston was shot while leaving the redoubt of the Battle of Bunker Hill. From the ClipArt ETC website.

General Israel Putnam

Israel Putnam was one of the Patriot leaders in the Battle of Bunker Hill. Illustration from the ClipArt ETC website.

General John Stark

General John Stark, an American general, fought at Bunker Hill and Trenton from the ClipArt ETC website.

John Callendar Spared

John Callendar, who had formerly been found guilty of cowardice at Bunker Hill by a court-martial, reenlisted as a private and showed such bravery in the Battle of Long Island that a British officer ordered his men not to kill him. From the ClipArt ETC website.

General William Howe

General Howe was a British commander at the Battle of Bunker Hill. Illustration from the ClipArt ETC website.

General Thomas Gage with Spyglass

Thomas Gage was recalled to Great Britain once he’s report on the Battle of Bunker Hill was received. Illustration from the ClipArt ETC website.

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.

General Sir Henry Clinton

Clinton was one of several British generals who led the British forces in the Battle of Bunker Hill. From the ClipArt ETC website.

Boston, Charlestown, Lexington, and Concord

Map showing the relationship of sites associated with the Boston Campaign, from the Maps ETC website.

Boston and Surrounding Area

A map showing Boston and vicinity to demonstrate the relationship of Charlestown and Boston. From the Maps 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.

Action on Breed's Hill

Most of the fighting in the Battle of Bunker Hill actually took place on Breed’s Hill as shown on this map from the Maps ETC website.