First Assault on Breed's Hill

Correctly assessing that an attack would come from the Mystic River beach, Colonel Stark had his men build a stone wall across the beach, extending the line of the rail fence to the water. He assembled his men at the new wall, and Colonel Knowlton lined the rail fence. General Howe advanced his eleven companies of Light Infantry and Grenadiers along the beach and tall grass. Waiting until the columns of redcoats were within thirty five yards, the colonials opened fire in succession of ranks. Company after company of British soldiers were decimated before they could close to use their bayonets. The British fell back and regrouped.

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