"Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes!"
This legendary order has come to symbolize the conviction and determination of the New England soldiers who faced a powerful British attack at this site on June 17, 1775. Popularly known as "The Battle of Bunker Hill," bloody fighting took place throughout a hilly landscape of fenced pastures that were across the Charles River from Boston. Today the Bunker Hill Monument stands atop a prominince of the battlefield now known as Breed's Hill. This 221-foot granite obelisk marks the site where colonial forces constructed an earthen fort, or "Redoubt," prior to the battle. This Redoubt became the focal point of the British assaults during the battle, and remains the focal point of the battle's memory.