The Battle of Bunker Hill began on June 16, 1775. Colonel William Prescott was in charge of the colonists. The angry colonials were instructed to fiercely throw bombs at the British red coats. [#3] Bravely, Colonel Prescott told the colonials, “Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes!” When they opened fire, the British panicked and fled, which made General Howe reorganize a third assault. [#2] Despite losing the battle, the colonials gained confidence and showed off their toughness.