Rocky Boy Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana
The Battle of Bunker Hill (Breeds Hill) June 17, 1775
With Anishinabe soldiers holding the English city of Boston in a siege, the English were desperate to end the siege which had been going on for the past two months. Some 27,000 English soldiers were raised up to defend the city from the large Indian military force surrounding Boston. The English had access to the ocean but the Indians would get into their canoes to force their way onto those English warships if the need called for it. The Anishinabek had made it very unsafe! Of the 27,000 English soldiers available for the defense of Boston, some 5,400 of them would participate in the Battle of Bunker Hill, which is more properly known as the Battle of Breeds Hill. On June 17, 1775, the English attempted to drive off the large Indian military force holding Boston in a siege but failed. Of the 5,400 English American and English soldiers who fought in the battle, 341 were killed, another 1,133 were wounded. The Indian casualties had to be large since the battle was a major one. It had been a good two months since the mighty Anishinabe Confederations had brought the Boston region under a siege, and the English of the Boston region did send messengers to England to notify England to what was occurring, so it is reasonable to speculate that by the time of the Battle of Breeds Hill, England had probably heard of the alarming news their colonists were enduring back in their Massachusetts colony. It would take considerable time to raise the necessary troops, military supplies, and food supplies to send to their North American colonists, but the English eventually did.