Although several British officers, who dined at Cambridge the preceding day, had taken the precaution to disperse themselves along the road leading to Concord, to intercept any expresses that might be sent, from Boston to alarm the country; yet messengers, who had been sent from town for that purpose, had eluded the British patrols, and given an alarm, which was rapidly spread by church bells, signal guns, and volleys.
Battle of Lexington, April 19,New York Public Library Although often styled a battle, in reality the engagement at Lexington was a minor brush or skirmish. No war had been declared. The Declaration of Independence was a year in the future. He also knew the British had gone on such expeditions before in Massachusetts, found nothing, and marched back to Boston.
The Regulars would march to Concord, find nothing, and return to Boston, tired but empty-handed. He positioned his company carefully.
He placed them in parade-ground formation, on Lexington Common. They were in plain sight not hiding behind wallsbut not blocking the road to Concord. They made a show of political and military determination, but no effort to prevent the march of the Regulars.
Major Pitcairn arrived from the rear of the advance force and led his three companies to the left and halted them.
The remaining companies under Colonel Smith lay further down the road toward Boston. Both Parker and Pitcairn ordered their men to hold fire, but a shot was fired from an unknown source. Doolittle visited the battle sites and interviewed soldiers and witnesses. Contains controversial elements, possibly inaccuracies.
Fire from the militia may have occurred but is not depicted.
We had a man of the 10th light Infantry wounded, nobody else was hurt. We then formed on the Common, but with some difficulty, the men were so wild they could hear no orders; we waited a considerable time there, and at length proceeded our way to Concord.
The British did suffer one casualty, a slight wound, the particulars of which were corroborated by a deposition made by Corporal John Munroe. After the first fire of the regulars, I thought, and so stated to Ebenezer Munroe Some observers reported a mounted British officer firing first.
Both sides generally agreed that the initial shot did not come from the men on the ground immediately facing each other.
Yet another theory is that the first shot was one fired by the British, that killed Asahel Porter, their prisoner who was running away he had been told to walk away and he would be let go, though he panicked and began to run.
Historian David Hackett Fischer has proposed that there may actually have been multiple near-simultaneous shots. In response the British troops, without orders, fired a devastating volley.
This lack of discipline among the British troops had a key role in the escalation of violence. A few of the militiamen believed at first that the regulars were only firing powder with no ball, but when they realized the truth, few if any of the militia managed to load and return fire.
The rest ran for their lives. Eight Lexington men were killed, and ten were wounded.The Battles of Lexington and Concord were the first military engagements of the American Revolutionary War.
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Dec 02, · The Battles of Lexington and Concord, fought on April 19, , kicked off the American Revolutionary War (). Tensions had been building for many years between residents of the 13 American. The British version of the events leading to and including the battles of Lexington and Concord is presented in this broadside, A Circumstantial Account of an Attack that Happened on the 19th of April , on his Majesty's Troops.
Note the calm tone of the language and the lack of any graphic images. After the Battles at Lexington and Concord in April , the victorious Continental militiamen Rev War. Newtown.
American forces were frequently plagued by negative encounters with the Iroquois Nation in upstate Rev War. Rugeley's Mill. The British version of the events leading to and including the battles of Lexington and Concord is presented in this broadside, A Circumstantial Account of an Attack that Happened on the 19th of April , on his Majesty's Troops.
Note the calm tone of the language and the lack of any graphic images.