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The Battle of Bunker Hill was fought on June 17, 1775, marking the first major battle of the Revolutionary War. “Don't fight until you see the whites of their eyes,” commanded Colonel William Prescott to Colonial troops. Although the British won the battle, the colonists' withstood two charges and their strong showing against the more experienced British Army encouraged the colonists to continuing fighting the war. The current 221 foot tall granite monument is located on Breed's Hill and if up to the challenge, visitors can climb the tower's 294 steps to the top lookout area.