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Daily Video for June 17 – The Battle of Bunker Hill


The Battle of Bunker HIll in Boston

On June 17, 1775, with the city of Boston under siege by the British Army, American colonists began establishing fortifications on hills surrounding the city to defend it, and the British did the same to attack it.  Two of these, Breed’s Hill and Bunker Hill were key objectives for both armies.

On this day, intense battles were fought on both hills, and while the American troops retreated from the field, making this a British victory, they inflicted heavy losses on the British army, including many officers — showing this would not be the easy war the British had hoped for.

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