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posted by April 19 at 6:18 AMon
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Okay. This one’s a big deal. At sunrise on April 19, 1775, after a late night slog from Boston, an estimated 800 British troops, under the command of Colonel Francis Smith and Major John Pitcairn, arrived in Lexington on their way to Concord to seize weapons. At the Lexington town green outside Buckman’s Tavern, the British regulars came face to face with between 40 and 70 American minutemen. A fracas broke out and shots were fired. No one knows who fired first. However, the Lexington skirmish left eight colonists dead and ten wounded. The British sustained one injury. (They also failed to capture Rebel leader John Hancock and rabble rouser Sam Adams, who—reportedly happy that violence had broken out—exclaimed, “What a glorious morning, this is!”) The British marched off to Concord—six miles east of Lexington—and arrived a few hours later, at 8am. Here, one large division led by Pitcairn and Smith searched the central village for military stores. (The minutemen, under the command of James Barrett and John Buttrick had surrendered the town, retreating to a hill above the Concord River, overlooking the North Bridge.) The British did not find much weaponry in town. Thanks to advance intelligence and Paul Revere’s warning team, most of it had been moved and hidden on farms. However, the British set fire to some of the empty artillery carriages, destroyed 60 barrels of flour, stormed through several homes, and occupied the main building in town. A separate British division, about 115 men, headed out to search minuteman John Buttrick’s property by the North Bridge where the minuteman maintained their position, gazing down on the plumes of smoke billowing up from town. About 35 British troops guarded the North Bridge, while another 80 men crossed the bridge. There, however, they ran into the minuteman contingent, which numbered about 500. The outnumbered British began heading back to the bridge, and panicking, fired—killing two minutemen. Patriot Buttrick called out, “Fire, for God’s sake men, fire!” and, indeed, the minutemen returned fire (“The Shot Heard Around the World.”) Three British regulars were killed. The British contingent retreated back to town rejoining the main force. Smith ordered the British troops back to Boston. The road back, particularly between Concord and Lexington, was flanked by inflamed minutemen and farmers who shot at the retreating British from behind trees, stone walls, and large rocks. When the British finally got back to Boston, they counted 73 dead with 200 others wounded. The Colonists counted 49 dead (not all military) and 41 wounded. The Seige of Boston and the American War for Independence was on. We win and grow up to emulate the British.