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.
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. Of the militiamen who lined up, nine had the surname Harrington, seven Munroe including the company's orderly sergeant, William Munroefour Parker, three Tidd, three Locke, and three Reed; fully one quarter of them were related to Captain Parker in some way.
He knew that most of the colonists' powder and military supplies at Concord had already been hidden. 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.
Captain Parker's cousin Jonas was run through. Eight Lexington men were killed, and ten were wounded. The only British casualty was a soldier who was wounded in the thigh.
Jonathon Harrington, fatally wounded by a British musket ball, managed to crawl back to his home, and died on his own doorstep. One wounded man, Prince Estabrookwas a black slave who was serving in the militia.
They fired in different directions and prepared to enter private homes. Colonel Smith, who was just arriving with the remainder of the regulars, heard the musket fire and rode forward from the grenadier column to see the action. He quickly found a drummer and ordered him to beat assembly.
The grenadiers arrived shortly thereafter, and once order was restored among the soldiers, the light infantry were permitted to fire a victory volley, after which the column was reformed and marched on toward Concord. They received reports of firing at Lexington, and were not sure whether to wait until they could be reinforced by troops from towns nearby, or to stay and defend the town, or to move east and greet the British Army from superior terrain.
A column of militia marched down the road toward Lexington to meet the British, traveling about 1. Caution prevailed, and Colonel James Barrett withdrew from the town of Concord and led the men across the North Bridge to a hill about a mile north of town, where they could continue to watch the troop movements of the British and the activities in the center of town.
This step proved fortuitous, as the ranks of the militia continued to grow as minuteman companies arriving from the western towns joined them there.
Smith divided them to carry out Gage's orders. The 10th Regiment's company of grenadiers secured South Bridge under Captain Mundy Pole, while seven companies of light infantry under Captain Parsons, numbering aboutsecured the North Bridge, where they were visible across the cleared fields to the assembling militia companies.Online Databases Massachusetts Jurisdictions that publish GIS mapping data along with their appraisal information will have a checkmark displayed in the GIS Map column.
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