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The Bunker Hill Monument, built to commemorate the Battle of Bunker Hill, is the first public obelisk in the United States. The 221 foot (67 m) granite obelisk was erected between 1827 and 1843 in Charlestown with granite from Quincy, Massachusetts.
The Battle of Bunker Hill took place on June 17, 1775 on Breed''s Hill, as part of the Siege of Boston during the American Revolutionary War. Because most of the fighting did not occur on Bunker Hill itself, the conflict is sometimes more accurately (though less often) called the Battle of Breed''s Hill.
The Americans caught word of a British plan to fortify Charlestown peninsula and decided to get to the peninsula first, fortify it, and present sufficient threat to cause the British to leave Boston. On 16 June 1775, under the leadership of General Putnam and Colonel Prescott, the Americans stole out onto the Charlestown Peninsula with instructions to establish defensive positions on Bunker Hill.
Boston, United States