Dedicated in 1843 — Boston, Massachusetts
#NC-17530-MA - Notecards
Also available in Notecard Assortment #AST-1761
This monument marks the Revolutionary War’s first — and bloodiest — major battle. The adjoining heights of Bunker Hill and Breed’s Hill were strategically important because they overlooked Boston and her harbor. Having occupied Breed’s Hill the night before, the colonials repulsed two British attacks on June 17, 1775. Their supply of ammunition depleted, the colonials withdrew during the third assault, and the British captured both hills. Despite claiming victory, the British had more than 1,000 casualties, compared to about 400 colonial casualties.
Seventeen years passed from the laying of the cornerstone on the 50th anniversary of the battle, until the completion of the 221-foot granite obelisk. Funding problems caused most of the delays. Much of the surrounding battlefield had to be sold to pay for the construction.
© 2005 Terry White, Drawing © 2005 Bill Harrah