On the night of June 16, 1775, the Americans fortified Breed’s and Bunker Hills overlooking Boston Harbor. The next afternoon the British landed 2,400 men. Twice they advanced up the slope, only to be cut down by the well disciplined volleys of the colonial militiamen. The Americans, short of powder and shot, had to withdraw on the third assault, but not before they had felled almost half the British force. This early New England Flag has become a popular commemorative of that historic encounter.