June 17

Event:
1775
The Battle of Bunker Hill. The British soldiers are sent North from Boston to Charlestown Peninsula. They are tasked with taking Bunker Hill but for some reason took procession on nearby Breed’s Hill. While considered a lost to the Colonials the British lost 1054 men while the Americans only lost 441. George Washington was not at battle since he had only been named Commander-in-chief two days earlier and was in route.

1777 The British force led by General John Burgoyne begins an invasion from Canada sailing down Lake Champlain towards Albany. The plan is for General William Howe to come north from New York and cut New England off from the rest of the colonies. Howe will decide instead to head south to invade Philadelphia.

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For a Spiral Bound book with information on events that happened on each day of the year during the American Revolutionary Period click: American Revolutionary Period: 1760-1789

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