The Yankees did surprise us
With their strong works they had thrown up
To burn the town and drive us.
But soon we had an order came
An order to defeat them
Like rebels stout, they stood it out
And thought we ne'er could beat them." -Battle of Bunker Hill, Composed by a British Officer June 17, 1775
The Battle of Bunker Hill was fought on June 17, 1775 in Charlestown Massachusetts during the Siege of Boston. A large group of Colonials were amassed in fortified lines and were assaulted by wave after wave of British Redcoats with both sides sustaining significant casualties. Eventually though, the Colonials ran out of ammunition, and had to retreat back to Cambridge.