The American Revolution - Battles Of Lexington And Concord
Painting - Oil On Canvas
During the night of April 18-19, 1775, Paul Revere rode through the countryside around Lexington and Concord, alerting the patriots to the advance of British troops searching for the colonists' military supplies. Once alerted, the Minutemen, under the command of Captain Parker, gathered on Lexington's village green. Around dawn on the morning of the 19th, an advance unit of Redcoats, commanded by Major Pitcairn, approached Lexington. The British commander ordered the Minutemen to disperse, and Parker, seeing that his force was outnumbered, ordered his men to comply. Then as the Minutemen turned to leave, a shot rang out. When the skirmish had ended, eight Americans lay dead on the green, and the British then marched on Concord. There they encountered a much larger band of gravely determined Minutemen guarding the Old North Bridge. With little provocation, an advancing British column opened fire. The devastating return fire felled several Redcoats and panicked the remainder. The retreating British were reassembled and soon began a hasty retreat toward their sanctuary in Boston, but their return march to Boston was greatly frustrated by the guerrilla tactics of militiamen who fired from houses and from behind the rocks and trees that lined the way.
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