Wednesday, April 19, 2017

April 19, 1775, the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the sparks that ignited the American Revolutionary War.


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Tensions had been building for many years between residents of the 13 American colonies and the British authorities, particularly in Massachusetts. On the night of April 18, 1775, hundreds of British troops marched from Boston to nearby Concord in order to seize an arms cache. 
Paul Revere and other riders sounded the alarm, and colonial militiamen began mobilizing to intercept the Redcoat column. 
When the advance guard of nearly 240 British soldiers arrived in Lexington just as the sun was rising, they found about 70 minutemen formed on the Lexington Green awaiting them.

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Troiani's  "Lexington Green"
Both sides eyed each other warily, not knowing what to expect. 

Suddenly, "the shot heard round the world", was fired.

The numerically superior British killed seven Americans on Lexington Green. The militia were outnumbered and fell back. 

The British regulars proceeded on to Concord, where they broke apart into companies to search for the supplies.

"Concord Bridge". 19th of April, 1775 , Minute Companies confront British regulars at Concord Bridge.
Troiani's, "Fight at the Concord Bridge"
At the North Bridge in Concord, approximately 400 militiamen engaged 100 regulars of the King's troops at about 11:00 am, resulting in casualties on both sides. 
The outnumbered regulars fell back from the bridge and rejoined the main body of British forces in Concord. 
As the British retreated toward Boston, new waves of Colonial militia intercepted them. Shooting from behind fences and trees, the militias inflicted over 125 casualties, including several officers. The ferocity of the encounter surprised both sides.
Lord Percy, who led the British back into Boston after the defeat suffered at Concord, would later write to London, "Whoever looks upon them as an irregular mob will be much mistaken." 
The bloodshed at Lexington and Concord, marked the beginning of the end of Britain's control of the colonies.  


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