The morning of
April 19, 1775 saw soldiers of the British Army arriving at the
Massachusetts town of Lexington. Their mission was to seize and
destroy militia weapons and ammunition, but the local militia, known
as Minutemen, stood on Lexington Green, awaiting their arrival.
During the stand off, a someone fired a shot, which led the British
troops to fire at the colonial militia. The Minutemen dispersed, and
the British headed toward nearby Concord.
At the Concord North
Bridge, a small group of militia battled a force of British soldiers.
At this point, the British commander decided to retreat back toward
Lexington, as it became evident that more and more Minutemen were
arriving from all of the local villages and farms.
During this retreat, the
British kept to the road, while the American farmers fired at them
from behind trees, walls and any obstacle they could find. When the
British force returned to Lexington, they were met by a relief
column. The combined British units then headed for Boston. The
Minutemen continued to harass them the whole way.
By the end of the day,
British casualties numbered 273, while the colonials suffered only
94, 18 of whom fell during the initial clash at Lexington. The
American Revolutionary War had begun.
War Battles: Battle of Lexington and
good source from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute's
Lexington and Concord--From
the PBS site. Contains glossary items and a literary connection to
of Lexington and Concord
Battle of Lexington
Battle of Concord
from the American History Archive Project.
of Lexington and
of Concord from
A Hypertext on American History website. Provides some good
Park Service Minuteman Exhibit--A
site with good pictures of the Minutemen.
Revere, William Dawes and Samuel Prescott
On the night of April
18, 1775, Paul Revere, William Dawes and Samuel Prescott made the
famous midnight ride from Boston to Concord to warn the Patriot
militia known as the Minutemen of the British Army's
Revere's Ride: April 18-19, 1775--Timeline
of events involving the Alarm Riders on April 18 and 19. From the
Christian Science Monitor.
War Personalities: Paul Revere and His
look at Paul Revere and others associated with the American
Revolution. This web page on wartime intelligence tactics is part
of the CIA's site.
Paul Revere House--Biography
from the Paul Revere Memorial Association.
Preceding the Battles
move on Salem, Mass.--On
Feb. 25, 1775, British forces march on Salem with orders to seize
19 cannon collected by the colonial militia. The Minutemen gather
and a stand off began. Eventually, the British returned to Boston
without completing their mission. This victory encouraged the
colonials that they could stand up to the British.
Revolutionary War Sites.
in the War of Independence--From
the CIA, a fascinating look at wartime intelligence during the
American Revolution: First Phase
--Extracted from "AMERICAN MILITARY HISTORY ARMY HISTORICAL
People in the Revolutionary War--
A listing of important people in the Revolution.
Hessian Web Page
An interesting web site detailing the activities and origins
of the Hessian forces in the war.
War for American Independence
Good web site containing links to Revolution-era documents and
a chronological list of battles.
Well-organized Revolutionary War site.
History Outlines & Charts
Informative site maintained by a fellow high school teacher. Data
is available on most periods of U.S. History.
Congress and the Constitutional Convention Home
documents related to the Revolution and the creation of the
timeline and listing of important persons in the
Revolutionary War Battle
Fort Henry -
Commemoration of the last battle of the American Revolution in
September, 1782 at Fort Henry, Wheeling, Virginia.
of Bunker Hill -
Examination of the events that led to the battle and the events
of Fort Griswold
- September 6, 1781
of Saratoga -
Revolutionary War re-enactment. Includes interviews with Americans
and British, pictures, battle maps, history, and more.
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