"Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes," ordered Colonel William Prescott on June 17, 1775, at the Battle of Bunker Hill, the first major battle of the American Revolution. On that fateful day, hundreds of under-trained, ill-equipped American colonists battled against overwhelmingly powerful British forces on this famous hill. Although the revolutionaries lost the battle, their strong showing resulted in over 1000 British casualties, letting the Redcoats know that the Americans were a formidable threat. Today, the Battle of Bunker Hill is marked by a 221-foot granite monument with 294 stairs that leads visitors to sweeping views of Boston and Charlestown.
Erected in 1842, the monument is one of the many stops on the Freedom Trail where some of the most significant moments of our nation's early history occurred. As you relax on the rolling green hill, try to envision a rag tag group of colonial soldiers with modest uniforms and limited ammunition bravely standing their ground against the expensively dressed, expertly trained British redcoats. It is quite remarkable to stand in their footsteps. Just make sure your legs are up for climbing the narrow, winding staircase.
- 9am to 5pm daily
- Summer (July-August): 9am to 6pm
- Location: Monument Square, Charlestown, MA
- Phone: 617-242-5689
- Website: www.thefreedomtrail.org