er the skilful engineer Gridley, and at dawn a redoubt about 8 rods square, flanked on the right by a breastwork which extended northwardly to marshy land, met the bewildered and astonished gaze of the sentinels on the British shipping in the Charles River.
The guns of their vessels were immediately brought to bear upon the redoubt on Breed's Hill, and the noise of the cannonade aroused the sleepers in Boston.
The Americans on Breed's Hill continued their work until eleven o'clock on that vernwhile, had kept the British at bay at the rail-fence until the redoubt was carried, after which all of the surviving provincials fled in good order across Charlestown Neck, enfiladed by the fire from the vessels and floating batteries on the Charles River, but received very little hurt.
Of the 3,000 British troops engaged in the fight, 1,054 were killed or wounded — a proportionate loss which few battles can show.
The loss of the provincials was 450, killed and wounded.
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