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Battle of Concord during the American Revolutionary War?
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The militiamen of Concord and Lincoln, in response to the
raised alarm, had mustered in 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.
2) A column of militia marched down the road toward
Lexington to meet the British, traveling about 1.5 miles until
they met the approaching column of regulars. As the regulars
numbered about 700 and the militia column turned about, and
marched back into Concord, preceding the regulars by a
distance of about 500 yards.
What was the size of the militia?
3) The militia retreated to a ridge overlooking the town
and the command discussed what to do next. Caution prevailed,
and the Colonel surrendered the town of Concord.
surrendered the town of Concord?
4) The Colonel led the men across the West 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.
5) When the troops arrived in the village of Concord,
Colonel Smith divided them to carry out Gage's orders. The
Regiment's company of grenadiers secured South Bridge under
Captain Mundy Pole.
What was the British regiment?
6) Seven companies of light infantry under Captain Parsons,
numbering about 100, secured the North Bridge near Barrett's
What was size of the force?
7) Captain Parsons took four companies from the 5th, 23rd,
38th and 52nd Regiments up the road 2 miles past the bridge to
search a farm, where intelligence indicated supplies would be
What was the farm?
8) Using detailed information provided by Loyalist spies,
the grenadier companies searched the small town for military
supplies. When they arrived at Ephraim Jones's tavern, by the
jail on the South Bridge road, they found the door barred
shut, and Jones refused them entry. While holding the tavern
keeper at gunpoint, he ordered him to show him where the guns
9) Colonel Barrett's troops, upon seeing smoke rising from
the village square, and seeing only a few companies directly
below them, decided to march back toward the town from their
vantage point on Punkatasset Hill to a lower, closer flat
hilltop about 300 yards from the North Bridge over the Concord
River. As the militia advanced, the two British companies from
the 4th and 10th that held the position near the road
retreated to the bridge and yielded the hill to Barrett's men.
A shot rang out, and this time there is certainty from
depositions taken from men on both sides afterwards that it
came from the British Army's ranks.
10) At this point the lines were
separated by the Concord River, the bridge, and were only 50
Who said "Fire, for God's sake, fellow
soldiers, fire!" ?
11) During this tense standoff of about 10 minutes, a
mentally ill local man named wandered through both sides
selling hard cider.
Who was the mentally ill local?
12) Even after a small skirmish, and with superior numbers,
the colonists, wary of reprisals by the force still in the
town, remained alert, refusing to fire, and the regulars did
nothing further to provoke them. The regulars continued to
search for and destroy colonial military supplies in the town,
ate lunch, reassembled for marching, and left Concord after
noon. This delay gave the colonial militiamen from outlying
towns additional time to arrive and participate in the running
battles that occurred during the regulars' march back to