Before Lexington and Concord, a new group of people had met. It’s name was Continental Congress. Some of it’s main delegates were John Adams, John Hancock, Thomas Jefferson, and Patrick Henry. There were 50 others. They met to figure out what to do about the taxes. While they met, The battles of Lexington and Concord happened.
This was bad for the British. Gage couldn’t figure out what to do to stop the rebellion. Three months after Lexington and Concord, Gage stepped down from his position, leaving William Howe in command. He was determined to crush the rebellion. He looked just North of Boston to find an excellent place to show the rebels what they were up against; Charlestown.
An American colonel named Samuel Prescott decided to defend Breed’s hill. He had a little over 700 men. He was fortified on top of Breed’s hill. His orignal fort was Bunker hill, but the Prescott decided that it would be better if they were closer to Boston. Breed’s hill is only a few miles away from Boston.
Howe and 1,500 regulars attacked Breed’s hill. Henry Clinton would join him with 800 light troops. The attack was ment to show the rebels that trying to defeat the British army was suicidal. Howe led 200 troops up Breed’s hill in a head-on attack. Twice they charged. Twice the rebels held out against the British. Howe led 100 light troops plus 300 regulars in the final charge. The rebels were out of gunpowder, and as a result they were forced to flee.
The British had won, but at a high price. 500 British had died attacking Breed’s hill, while only 100 rebels fell. The British had lost so many soldiers that it seemed like a loss. The battle which had taken place on Breed’s hill would be known as the battle of Bunker hill, after the orignal British plans to take the nearby Bunker hill.
Even with all their training and discipline, the British couldn’t stop the rebels.