Person:William Prescott (9)

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  1. William Prescott1726 - 1795
  2. Oliver Prescott1731 - 1804
  • HWilliam Prescott1726 - 1795
  • WAbigail Hale1733 - 1821
  1. William Prescott, Jr.1762 - 1844
Facts and Events
Name William Prescott
Gender Male
Birth[1] 20 Feb 1726 Pepperell, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
Death[1] 13 Oct 1795 Pepperell, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
Reference Number? Q2141930?


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William Prescott (February 20, 1726 – October 13, 1795) was an American colonel in the Revolutionary War who commanded the patriot forces in the Battle of Bunker Hill. Prescott is known for his order to his soldiers, "Do not fire until you see the whites of their eyes", such that the rebel troops may shoot at the enemy at shorter ranges, and therefore more accurately and lethally, and so conserve their limited stocks of ammunition. It is debated whether Prescott or someone earlier coined this memorable saying.

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References
  1. 1.0 1.1 William Prescott, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.