The Battle of Lexington and Concord By Arden, Christian, and Momoko
General Information of the Battle In the beginning, the British soldiers, in Boston were ordered by General Gage to destroy the militia’s ammunition dumps, in Concord. Some of the militiamen heard about this plan, so riders were sent around the area, while the British were starting their march. As the British were approaching Concord they were outnumbered by the militia, so they retreated to a hill north of the town. The militia held there fire and went to the bridge, more militiamen came.The British fired too high, the militia fire back. The British find themselves outnumbered, so they retreat back to Concord and the militiamen let them pass back to Boston.
What happened in the end as a result The US colonists won the battle, and the Lieutenant Hugh Percy figured out that the way south back to Boston was blocked. He found a way Northeast to Boston and led the British back to Boston.
The Battle of Lexington and Concord was the first battle in the Revolutionary War. It wasn’t the official battle, because militiamen were fighting, not actual soldiers. Why this battle is important
Casualties U.S. Colonies Force: 3,800 men Killed: 49 men Wounded: 39 men Captured: 0 men Great Britain Force: 1,500 men Killed: 73 men Wounded: 174 men Captured: 53 men
Some of these men were not actually Generals. They were leaders of the Militia.
Interesting Facts The poem, The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, is actually a myth. Paul Revere was captured on his ride towards the militia around Lexington and Concord. William Dawes was the person that actually warned the militias.
Shot heard ‘round the world The actual battle began at sunrise on April 19, 1775. the British were challenged by a group of 77 militiamen under Captain John Parker’s command. That is when Captain John Parker said a very famous quote. He said,” Stand your guard; don’t fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here.” One shot is heard, 8 militiamen die, the other militiamen run away. The person that shot their gun is still a mystery. That is why there it is called, “ Shot heard ‘round the world.”