The Bunker Hill Monument was built to commemorate the Battle of Bunker Hill. The 221 foot granite obelisk was erected between 1827 and 1843 in Charlestown, Massachusetts, with granite from Quincy, Massachusetts, conveyed to the site via the Granite Railway, built specially for that purpose, followed by a trip by barge. There are 294 steps to the top.
The Bunker Hill Monument is not on Bunker Hill but instead on Breed's Hill, where most of the fighting in the misnamed Battle of Bunker Hill actually took place.
The Battle of Bunker Hill took place on June 17, 1775, mostly on and around Breed's Hill, during the Siege of Boston early in the American Revolutionary War. The battle is named after the adjacent Bunker Hill, which was peripherally involved in the battle and was the original objective of both colonial and British troops, and is occasionally referred to as the "Battle of Breed's Hill.
In the end, the British had taken the ground but at a great loss; they suffered 1,054 casualties (226 dead and 828 wounded), with a disproportionate number of these officers. The casualty count was the highest suffered by the British in any single encounter during the entire war. General Clinton remarked in his diary that "A few more such victories would have shortly put an end to British dominion in America.
The famous order "Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes" was popularized in stories about the battle of Bunker Hill.
|Climbing to the top... So impressed that we could build this in the early 1800's.|
|SO MANY STEPS.|
|View of Boston through foggy plexi-glass.|
|Once we climbed down, we just laid on the ground. We were very tired, but it was a beautiful day.|