Why Was The Battle of Bunker Hill In 1775 Considered A Victory For The Continental Army?
The Battle of Bunker Hill on 17th June 1775 was considered a victory for the continental army because they succeeded in causing devastating causalities in the British army.
The success boosted patriots’ morale for future battles.
Did you know? In this armed conflict, the British faced 1054 causalities of Red Coats.
Among these 1054 Red Coats, 828 were badly wounded and 226 got killed during the combats against American patriots.
However, compared to the Red Coats’ number, only 115 American patriots got killed in direct combats, 305 wounded, and 30 captured.
On the other hand, British soldiers were well-equipped, trained, had a much better experience, and in large numbers than Americans.
During the battle, more than 3000 British Red Coats fought against less than 2400 American patriots.
But even after all these upper hands; they failed in fulfilling their actual intention.
[Fact: British Troops’ Actual Intention Was To Break The Siege of Boston]
If British Won The Battle, Then Why Americans Considered It As Their Victory?
First of all, the British soldiers had a much better combat experience than the Americans; similarly, they had better equipment, better training, etc.
But compared to the English soldiers, Americans had no experience, nor were they well-equipped or trained. In this case, probabilities were high, they could face devastating causalities.
However, when the conflict broke out, nothing happened like this.
Contrary to this, patriots succeeded in killing and causing devastating causalities in the British army.
Though till the end, the British somehow managed to gain victory and occupy some important positions for short time; but in long run, they gained nothing through this.
Because just after two weeks of the battle, on July 2nd George Washington arrived in Cambridge, Boston to take command of the Continental army.
Arriving there, he immediately started reinforcing to take back important position, they lost on 17th June.
The reinforcement raised fear among the British Red Coats as they already faced causalities on June 17th, 1775.
Therefore, the next year on March 17th, 1776, British General William Howe and his troops left the entire city and ran away to Nova Scotia, Canada.
So, from these perspectives, the battle was definitely a victory for the continental army.