Lexington and Concord: The Beginning of the War of the American Revolution by Arthur Bernon TourtellotTourtellots book is the best account we have of the day of Lexington and Concord. The actions of each individual who played a conspicuous part in the days work are minutely traced but Mr. Tourtellot never loses the main thread of his narrative and the wealth of detail he has included gives substance and color to an exciting story.— J. C. Miller, New York Herald Tribune Book Review Tourtellot does not let his 19th of April float up in the spring air unconnected with a past or a future. He has built in very skillfully the story of the months before that day and then sends its echoes rolling on through time—and into distant states and nations....No other book generally available performs an even remotely comparable job....Makes full use of old material, adds a good deal that has come to light in the intervening years and, standing firmly on its own base, presents magnificently for the general reader and the specialist this immortal opening chapter of our beginnings as a nation.—Bruce Lancaster, The Saturday Review The result of thoughtful examination of the evidence and clear writing.—Walter Muir Whitehill, New England Quarterly An absorbing and vital history, containing much newly published information about a crucial week in the history of the United States. —J.M. Goodsell, Christian Science Monitor
Liberty's Kids 106 - The Shot Heard 'Round the World
The Battles of Lexington and Concord were the first military engagements of the American Revolutionary War. The battles were fought on April 19, in Middlesex County, Province of . They did not worry about the possibility of regulars marching to Concord, since . Parker had every reason to expect that to occur again.
Arthur Bernon Tourtellot
Lexington and Concord
Facing the threat of rebellion, British General Thomas Gage hoped to prevent violence by ordering the seizure of weapons and powder being stored in Concord, Massachusetts, twenty miles northwest of Boston. Waiting to greet them was a small company of militia commanded by Captain John Parker. A shot rang out — historians still debate who pulled the trigger. Nervous British soldiers then fired a volley, killing seven militiamen and mortally wounding another. By the time the British arrived at the North Bridge, a force of almost colonial militiamen from Concord and the surrounding area had gathered on the high ground across the river. The Minute Men formed up and advanced on the British, who responded by retreating back across the bridge and taking up a defensive position.
Lead-Up to the Battles of Lexington and Concord
The previous battle in the British Battles sequence is the Battle of Quebec Militia were commanded by Barrett, Buttrick, Robinson and many others. - Tensions had been building for many years between residents of the 13 American colonies and the British authorities, particularly in Massachusetts.
They marked the outbreak of armed conflict between the Kingdom of Great Britain and its thirteen colonies in America. In late , Colonial leaders adopted the Suffolk Resolves in resistance to the alterations made to the Massachusetts colonial government by the British parliament following the Boston Tea Party. The colonial assembly responded by forming a Patriot provisional government known as the Massachusetts Provincial Congress and calling for local militias to train for possible hostilities. The Colonial government exercised effective control of the colony outside of British-controlled Boston. In response, the British government in February declared Massachusetts to be in a state of rebellion.
Battles of Lexington and Concord , April 19, , initial skirmishes between British regulars and American provincials, marking the beginning of the American Revolution. It is unclear who fired the first shot. Resistance melted away at Lexington, and the British moved on to Concord. Most of the American military supplies had been hidden or destroyed before the British troops arrived. The march back to Boston was a genuine ordeal for the British, with Americans continually firing on them from behind roadside houses, barns, trees, and stone walls. Total losses were British , American