Lexington and Concord: The Battle Heard Round the World by George C. DaughanGeorge C. Daughan’s magnificently detailed account of the battle of Lexington and Concord challenges the prevailing narrative of the American War of Independence. It was, Daughan argues, based as much on economic concerns as political ones. When Massachusetts militiamen turned out in overwhelming numbers to fight the British, they believed they were fighting for their farms and livelihoods, as well as for liberty. In the eyes of many American colonists, Britain’s repressive measures were not simply an effort to reestablish political control of the colonies, but also a means to reduce the prosperous colonists to the serfdom Benjamin Franklin witnessed on his tour of Ireland and Scotland. Authoritative and thoroughly researched, Lexington and Concord is a “worthy resource for history buffs seeking a closer look at what drove the start of the American Revolution” (Booklist).
Battle of Lexington and Concord
During the wee hours of April 19, , he would send out regiments of British soldiers quartered in Boston. Their destinations were Lexington , where they would capture Colonial leaders Sam Adams and John Hancock, then Concord , where they would seize gunpowder. Two lanterns hanging from Boston's North Church informed the countryside that the British were going to attack by sea. Samuel Prescott — galloped off to warn the countryside that the Regulars British troops were coming. It is a myth that Revere and other riders shouted, "The British are coming! The Regulars were known to be British soldiers. We set off for Concord, and were overtaken by a young gentleman named Prescot, who belonged to Concord, and was going home.
The American Revolution
American War of Independence. - Facing the threat of rebellion, British General Thomas Gage hoped to prevent violence by ordering the seizure of weapons and powder being stored in Concord, Massachusetts, twenty miles northwest of Boston.
The previous battle in the British Battles sequence is the Battle of Quebec Militia were commanded by Barrett, Buttrick, Robinson and many others. American numbers are unknown. Uniforms, arms and equipment at the Battle of Lexington and Concord : The British were armed with muskets and bayonets. Some light guns were used. The American militia were armed with muskets, blunderbusses and any weapons they could find. The Americans considered the contest an encouraging start to the war.
They marked the outbreak of armed conflict between the Kingdom of Great Britain and its thirteen colonies in America. In late , Colonial leaders adopted the Suffolk Resolves in resistance to the alterations made to the Massachusetts colonial government by the British parliament following the Boston Tea Party. The colonial assembly responded by forming a Patriot provisional government known as the Massachusetts Provincial Congress and calling for local militias to train for possible hostilities. The Colonial government exercised effective control of the colony outside of British-controlled Boston. In response, the British government in February declared Massachusetts to be in a state of rebellion. About British Army regulars in Boston, under Lieutenant Colonel Francis Smith , were given secret orders to capture and destroy Colonial military supplies reportedly stored by the Massachusetts militia at Concord.