Today in History
June 17, 1775
British soldiers charge up Breed's Hill at the foot of Bunker Hill in the first major battle of the Revolutionary War, sustaining heavy casualties in an assault against colonial troops. Their third and final advance sends the ill-equipped Americans fleeing the Charlestown, Massachusetts, redoubt. The British win the battle, but the Americans are bolstered by their ability to inflict large losses—nearly half the British troops were wounded or killed—against a more highly trained force.
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