History Tip of the Day – May 11th

Battle of Bunker Hill, June 17, 1775

Even after the colonial successes at Lexington and Concord, British generals could not believe that this untrained, underequipped, undisciplined army was a match for the well-supplied, superbly trained, and highly disciplined British regulars. After receiving 6,000 reinforcements, they intend to smash the upstart army and put a quick end to the rebellion. They attack colonists in Charlestown, Massachusetts, prevailing only after the patriots ran out of ammunition. The British lose 260 soldiers; 828 are wounded. The colonists suffer 140 deaths, with 300 wounded. The battle would be the bloodiest of the war. The skill of the patriots shook the British resolve.