While the colonial forces did not really “win” the Battle of Bunker Hill, on June 17, 1775; they bashed the King’s soldiers, caused substantial casualties, and gained a popular victory. This painting by John Trumbull was made decades later. Trumbull was in the Continental army that day, and saw the battle from a distance.
The Battle of Bunker Hill, as painted by John Trumbull. General Warren, the great patriot doctor, lies mortally wounded on the left. Patriot forces moved onto Bunker & Breed’s Hills in Charlestown the night before. The British regulars struggled to force them off these ramparts, while shelling the peninsula. The Patriot survivors retreated late in the afternoon, while the Regulars counted their dead and wounded. This painting is part of the magnificent Trumbull collection at Yale University.