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In 1775, Boston was a city of 15,000 people packed into a one-mile island. King George was tightening his grip on the colony with new taxes and blockades. British soldiers occupied the city, angering the colonists. And vigilantes roamed the streets, exacting their own justice. In June, the tension exploded at Bunker Hill, one of several unoccupied peaks outside the city. In the bloodiest clash of the Revolutionary War, an unlikely group of citizen soldiers wiped out half the British forces. Their courageous stand changed the course of the American Revolution. From the bestselling author of “Mayflower,” a new book on the battle of Bunker Hill.
Reprinted by arrangement with Viking, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., from "Bunker Hill." Copyright © Nathaniel Philbrick, 2013