Prescott, William

Prescott, William, 1726–95, American Revolutionary officer, b. Groton, Mass. He saw service in the French and Indian Wars . In the American Revolution , he fortified (1775) Breed's Hill for the colonists and was prominent in the subsequent battle that was erroneously called the battle of Bunker Hill . Later he served around New York City (1776) and in the Saratoga campaign (1777).

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