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Charleston, Mass. remembers Battle of Bunker Hill

Special to The Los Angeles Times

Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes! American colonists hoped that strategy would help them fight the British at the Battle of Bunker Hill. (It didn't; they lost.) The first major Revolutionary War battle, on June 17, 1775, is commemorated in Charleston, Mass., with a 221-foot granite obelisk. The Bunker Hill Monument (about half as tall as the Washington Monument) now has a new museum that includes a British army drum seized during the fighting and a circular mural of the battle scene. The monument also has been refurbished. Info: (617) 242-5641, www.nps.gov/bost.

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