Took a Bike Ride Today, Saw a Revolution

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  1. Winston Leg-Thigh

    Winston Leg-Thigh Well-Known Member

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    and the sites of the most famous gun grab of them all.

    (Because Howard is an authoritarian government worshiping douchebag...)

    Having received Intelligence, that a Quantity of Ammunition, Provision, Artillery, Tents and small Arms, have been collected at Concord, for the Avowed Purpose of raising and supporting a Rebellion against His Majesty, you will March with the Corps of Grenadiers and Light Infantry, put under your Command, with utmost expedition and Secrecy to Concord, where you will seize and destroy all Artillery, Ammunition, Provisions, Tents, Small Arms, and all Military Stores whatever.


    - Per Order of General Gage to Lt. Colonel Francis Smith, of the Kings Troops

    Having set out on foot from Boston the night before, On the morning of April 19th, 1775, 900 British regular forces under the command of Lt. Col. Francis Smith were marching on the King's Highway towards Concord, Massachusetts, 17 miles away in the countryside. Their objective was to find and capture weapons and ammunition hidden by the rebel forces in Concord, as General Gage had issued a ban on private ownership of weapons and ammunition earlier in the week. Their other objective was to punish the farmer-rebels of Concord who had recently hosted the illegal Provincial Congress in an attempt at self government. The British obtained the hidden location of the arms cache from the local Tories who were still loyal to the Crown of King George.

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    The American alarm system went into action, and riders were sent by several routes to notify all the militia companies throughout the colony that British regulars were marching with the intention to take the arms at Concord. As the British column of red-coated soldiers marched westward they began to hear bells ringing in the distance ahead of them, and alarm guns being fired to waken the population.

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    (Paul Revere capture site)

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    In the village of Lexington, which lay right along the road to Concord, the residents prepared for a fight they knew was imminent. Captain John Parker’s militiamen gathered at Munroe Tavern to await word about the arrival of the British Army. The presence of John Hancock and Samuel Adams, the two men most wanted by royal authorities, made Lexington a target for the redcoats' attention on their way to Concord.

    Shortly after dawn on the 19th of April, 38 militiamen of Lexington confronted the 900 British regulars on Lexington Green.

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    (Lexington Green from the meeting house)
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    --Samuel Adams, to John Hancock April 19th 1775

    As the British vanguard formed up in a battle line facing the militia, Colonel Smith, the British commander, was pleasantly surprised by the small size of the American force. He ordered the colonists to throw down their arms and disperse.

    Though vastly outnumbered, Captain Parker replied to his men:

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    (Captain John Parker)

    BANG! A single shot was fired, followed by dozens more. Whether the shot was fired by a the rebel militia or the British has been lost to history. When the smoke cleared, 18 Americans lay dead or wounded and one British soldier was slightly wounded. The outmatched Minutemen retreated into the nearby woods and the redcoats proceeded westward to their main objective, Concord. As the sun rose, they could see the ghostly shadows of men in the distance, moving across the open countryside from all directions heading toward Concord.

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    At seven o’clock in the morning, after several more miles of marching, the British reached their main objective, the tiny village of Concord. The Redcoats occupied the village center then proceeded to march a few hundred yards west to the Concord River, in an effort to seize the Old North Bridge. The British suspected the farm houses on the opposite side of the river to be harboring the arsenal of illegal rebel arms.

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    (Battle Road to Concord)

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    (Old North Bridge from the British side)
     
  2. Winston Leg-Thigh

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    However, as the British massed their troops upon the bridge, they were not alone. The Redcoats were being watched. About 400 armed farmers gathered on Punkatasset hill above the Old North Bridge. These men were led by their representative, Colonel James Barrett, a Concord farmer and veteran of the French and Indian war. They were unaware of what had just happened at Lexington Green.

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    (Punkatasset Hill)

    As the Minutemen observed the King's men from the hill, something else caught their watchful eye. A pale column of smoke rose over the trees. The British were burning Concord, which lay past the British held side of the river. Joseph Hosmer, Colonel Barrett's second in command turned to Barrett and exclaimed,

    Local militia leader, Isaac Davis drew his sword, and, turning to Barret, said:

    Colonel Barrett gave the order to march in defense of Concord. These men resolved to march over the bridge into the middle of the village to defend their homes, or die in the attempt. These farmers, fisherman, woodsman; mostly fathers and their adolescent sons, marched down from the hill toward the bridge.

    A child fifer in the lead bravely fluting “The White Cockade”.


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    The British were immensely surprised, not only to see a small band of farmers on the hill, but to their shock, they were advancing! The Redcoats withdrew to the village side of the bridge and massed around the narrow span. They had to hold the bridge. Colonel Smith had his orders from General Gage, and he meant to carry them out. With their hundreds of glistening guns pointed toward the river, the British soldiers took aim. The rebels kept coming. A shot rang out. A shot heard 'round the world. A rag-tag band of farmers confronted the King's soldiers... and beat them.

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    (Old North Bridge rebel side)

    -British officer

    William Emerson, the village reverend "who had turned out amongst the first in the morning to animate and encourage his people by his counsel and patriotic example," and who urged his flock that morning; "Let us stand our ground. If we die, let us die here.” wrote this account.



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    (Old North Bridge from the British side)

    As the British retreated to the safety of Boston, they were astonished to find 6,000 Minutemen from local villages had descended upon the outskirts of Concord. The Minutemen waited for the British until they reached Merriams Corner, where they sprung upon them. The Minutemen hid behind trees and stone fences to attack the British from both sides of the "King's" road. They were harried every step of the way. The British mission was a failure. The rebel leaders were safe and the colonists had salvaged their cache of arms.

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    Thus, the “embattled farmers” had won the day. The Revolution was on; there was no turning back. The British crossed the Charles River to what they thought was the safety of Tory occupied Boston. However, they were wrong. Tens of thousands of American militiamen surrounded Boston and began what is now known as the "Siege of Boston" and the battle of Breeds "Bunker" Hill. Eventually the British had no choice but to retreat from Boston once and for all, by way of ship. Soon after Boston was liberated by the revolutionary forces, Washington began his Continental Army campaigns to the south, eventually winning the war outright in the years to come.

    That blood stain, on the vernal sword,

    Hallowed to freedom all the shore;

    In fragments fell the yoke abhorred---

    The footsteps of a foreign lord

    Profaned the soil no more.

    By rude bridge that arched the flood,

    Their flag to April's breeze unfurled,

    Here once the embattled farmers stood

    And fired the shot heard round the world.

    -Ralph Waldo Emerson
     
  3. Austinchota

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    Excellant Job Winston.:toptip:
     
  5. monsoon

    monsoon Who are you with?

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    Excellent!!!

    I love this stuff
     
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    looks like my 3/4 mile fire lane/dirt road/driveway:thumbup2:
    i'd be right at the turn at the s-bend.
     
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    LaserT You have to have fun. Gold

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    Awesome. Good stuff and a read. Thanks :)
     
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  9. SouthernListen

    SouthernListen I don't follow the crowd. Sorry about that. VIP

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    I bet he scores constantly with the lady tourists. They love a man in uniform.
     
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