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On June 17, 1775, soon after the Battle of Lexington and Concord,
British and American forces clashed at Bunker Hill. While the
British were ultimately victorious, it was a hard-won battle, with the
British losing over one thousand soldiers and a large number of officers
— much higher than colonist losses. The strong showing of
American "rebels" during this conflict galvanized a slow-moving Congress
into action, drawing the colonies fully into the Revolutionary
War. The Bunker Hill Monument was built to commemorate this Battle
of Bunker Hill. The monument was dedicated on June 17, 1843 after
sixteen years of intermittent construction. The 221-foot-high
obelisk has 294 steps and was built entirely of granite extracted from a
Quincy, Massachusetts quarry. The site was transferred to the
National Park Service, its current steward, in 1976.
Bunker Hill Monument, Massachusetts
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