Battle of Bunker Hill, 1775
The Battle of Bunker Hill was the first major battle of the Revolution in 1775. Before Washington arrived in Boston, 1,200 minute men were led up Bunker Hill near Boston. They fired on British ships in the harbor then moved to nearby Breed's Hill where they dug trenches. The British, who climbed up the hill to attack, were weak and exhausted. The Patriots lacked gunpowder so the Brits won, gaining control of both the hills. The Battle of Bunker Hill was important because it showed that both sides were strong fighters.