Paper: An Analysis of the Battle of Bunker Hill in the United States's War for Independence

An army of Americans was made to defend the hill. The fighting began as soon as the day did. As soon as the British woke up, there was open fire blasting everywhere. When the British forces were on the ground at the base of the hill they proceeded to charge. General Prescott, from the colonists side had given the famous order, "Don't shoot until you see the whites of their eyes." This command was mainly to help preserve their ammunition supply because they didnt have the abundance of ammunition to waste. The battle was near three hours long and hurt both sides instead of helping them. Although the British technically won the battle because they took control of the hill, they suffered too many losses to fully benefit from it. The British had suffered more than one thousand casualties out of the 2,300 or so who fought. While the colonists only suffered 400 to 600 casualties from an estimated 2,500 to 4,000 men. Besides having fewer deaths than the British, the colonists believe they had won in other ways as well. The Americans had proved to themselves, and the rest of the world that they could stand up to the British army. So even though the British had won the battle, the victory didnt last long because the colonists took control of the hill again, but this time had more soldiers to defend it. In summation, no one can be sure about who won the battle of Bunker Hill. If you consider its technical points, then the British won. However, since the British were hurt so badly and couldnt maintain their victorious status, the Americans won. It not only can be argued that the Americans won the battle, but it can be disputed that the Americans won at heart. They went out there and fought for what they believed in; the chance of freedom. They had been held back with taxes and acts that were passed on them from Britain for too long. The Americans were the ones who deserved the title of winning the battle at Bunker Hill....