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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.

Bunker Hill Memorial. Charlestown, Massachusetts. The Battle of Bunker Hill took place on June 17, 1775, during the British siege of Boston early in the Revolutionary War.