The Bunker Hill Monument stands 221 feet tall at Breed's Hill, the site of the first major battle of the American Revolution fought on June 17, 1775. Control of this high ground near the harbor was important to the British occupation of Boston. When colonial forces chose to fortify Charlestown, they bypassed the more dominant "Bunker Hill" and dug in on Breed's Hill which was lower and closer to the water.
Boston's Top 10 : Charlestown Navy Yard - Bunker Hill Monument Ten minutes’ walk from the yard is this 220-ft (67-m) granite obelisk, which has towered over Charlestown since 1842. It commemorates the first major battle of the American Revolution .