Gen. Prescott held control of the hill overlooking Boston. From there he could maintain control of Boston Harbor. The British could not allow that, so they charged the hill. They were repelled twice, but on the third charge they took the hill because the Americans were low on bullets. Many British casualties, but the British woedn. This battle showed how serious both sides were. “Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes”. the british had 3000 people, 226 died, 828 wounded. 0 captured, 305 wounded, 30 wounded, 0 capturedthe colonists had 2400 people, 115 killed, 305 wounded, 30 captured.