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William Prescott
Birth: Feb. 20, 1726
Groton
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Oct. 13, 1795
Pepperell
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA

Revolutionary War Colonial Militia Officer. He was the commander at the Battle of Bunker Hill. He was a veteran officer of the French and Indian War, respected so much by the British that he was offered a commission by them, but declined. On June 16, 1775, he was ordered by Gen. Israel Putnam to lead a number of militia companies encamped at Cambridge and occupy the heights of Charlestown overlooking Boston Harbor. Initially directed to occupy Bunker Hill, he perceived nearby Breed's Hill, while lower in elevation, was closer to the harbor. He set his men to building an earth fort atop the hill through the night. They were not discovered until morning when the fort was nearly complete. In the battle that followed on the afternoon of June 17, 1775, the American militia repulsed two charges by elite British troops under General Sir William Howe, and gave way only after their ammunition and supplies were expended. Prescott is remembered for calmly strolling the earthworks under fire to inspire his men, and for his precise order to conserve ammunition and make every shot count: "Aim low, boys. Fire at their waistbands, and wait 'till you see the whites of their eyes." (bio by: Bob on Gallows Hill) 
 
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 Parents:
  Benjamin Prescott (1695 - 1738)
  Abigail Oliver Prescott (1697 - 1765)
 
 Spouse:
  Abigail Hale Prescott (1733 - 1821)
 
 Children:
  William Prescott (1762 - 1844)*
 
 Siblings:
  Abigail Prescott (____ - 1739)*
  Mary Prescott (____ - 1751)*
  James Prescott (1720 - 1800)*
  William Prescott (1726 - 1795)
  Lucy Prescott (1728 - 1765)**
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Walton Cemetery
Pepperell
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA
 
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Originally Created by: Bob on Gallows Hill
Record added: Apr 17, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 10799421
William Prescott
Added by: Bob on Gallows Hill
 
William Prescott
Added by: Bob on Gallows Hill
 
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