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The Battle of Bunker Hill took place on June 17, 1775, as part of the Siege of Boston during the American Revolutionary War. General Israel Putnam was in charge of the revolutionary forces, while Major-General William Howe commanded the British forces. Although the battle is known as "Bunker Hill", most of the fighting actually took place on the nearby Breed's Hill.
The result was a Pyrrhic victory for the British, who suffered more than 1000 casualties. It is considered by some to be the bloodiest battle of the war. On their third assault, the British forces overran the revolutionaries' fortified earthworks on Breed's and Bunker Hill. Afterwards, British General Henry Clinton remarked in his diary that "A few more such victories would have surely put an end to British dominion in America."
Howe's immediate objective was achieved, but did not affect the siege; it did, however, demonstrate that the Americans were willing to stand up to a pitched battle. (Among historians, it is debated whether General Putnam, his second-in-command, Colonel William Prescott, or someone else gave the order, "Don't shoot until you see the whites of their eyes!")