When the brief Battle of Lexington ended, eight Americans lay dead or dying and 10 others were wounded.
The shot heard round the world took place on April 19, after British troops searching for ammunition stockpiles in Concord encountered the local minutemen.
The battle came to be known as the Battle of Concord. As a result, the battle inadvertently kick started not only the Siege of Boston but the Revolutionary War as well. Over the years, the meaning of the phrase, as well as the exact location of the Shot Heard Round the World, has gotten muddled.
Many writers and historians have attributed the phrase to the first shot fired at the Battle of Lexington, which occurred earlier in the day and was one of the first battles of the Revolutionary War. Sung at the Completion of the Battle Monument, July 4, Stories That Hide Our Patriotic Past, many historians and writers have instead attributed the Shot Heard Round the World to the Battle of Lexington because that battle, which consisted of British soldiers firing upon just 70 minuteman, better fit the image they wanted to promote of the large bullying British army being defeated by a small defiant army.
In the Battle of Concord, the British soldiers had split up into groups and only British soldiers were on hand to fight the minutemen near the North Bridge. What Happened at the Battle of Lexington?
The British were not defeated at the battle of Lexington though and it is not even clear who fired the first shot of that battle, the British soldiers or the minutemen.
One of the few witnesses to the battle, Paul Reverewho had warned the minutemen of the British advancement on his midnight ride, was present when the British soldiers arrived in Lexington yet did not see who fired the first shot, as he wrote in his personal account of that day: I could first distinguish irregular firing, which I suppose was the advance guard, and then platoons.
At the time I could not see our Militia, for they were covered from me, by a house at the bottom of the street.
Both sides accused each other of firing the first shot, according to the book Primary Source Accounts of the Revolutionary War. One British soldier, William Sutherland, gave his account of the events: After the battle of Lexington was over, the British marched on to Concord where they were finally thwarted by minuteman on the North Bridge.
According to a report from British Lieutenant Colonel Francis Smith, of the 10th Regiment, to General Thomas Gagethe British fired first on the North Bridge but the minutemen quickly returned fire and overwhelmed them: On their coming pretty near, one of our men fired on them, which they returned; on which an action ensued, and some few were killed and wounded.
In this affair, it appears that after the bridge was quitted, they scalped and otherwise ill-treated one or two of the men who were either killed or severely wounded, being seen by a party that marched by soon after…On our leaving Concord to return to Boston, they began to fire on us from behind the walls, ditches, trees, etc.
Rebecca Brooks During their retreat back to Boston, the British troops suffered many casualties along the way due to the heavy gunfire from snipers who were using the local geography of the area to create ambushes along the road back to Boston.
After the British troops arrived back in Boston, the minutemen surrounded the city and refused to let the troops leave.
The British army also blockaded the exits from inside the city and refused to let anyone leave or enter the city. This standoff later came to be known as the Siege of Boston during which the Battle of Bunker Hill took place. Grave of a British soldier killed in Lexington during the retreat to Boston after the battle of Concord.
The debate about the official birthplace of the Revolutionary War began shortly after the war and has continued for centuries. InGeneral Marquis de Lafayette visited the Boston area and was welcomed in Lexington with an arch that read: Grant almost avoided attending the celebrations to evade the issue, according to an article in the Boston Globe.
InEmerson was asked to write a poem to be read during the dedication ceremony of the Battle Monument statue which had been erected at the original site of the North Bridge the bridge no longer existed at the time because it had been destroyed during a flood.
The inscription on the monument reads: On the opposite Bank stood the American Militia. Here stood the Invading Army and on this spot the first of the Enemy fell in the War of that Revolution which gave Independence to these United States.
The following is the poem in its entirety: The foe long since in silence slept; Alike the conqueror silent sleeps; And Time the ruined bridge has swept Down the dark stream which seaward creeps. On this green bank, by this soft stream, We set today a votive stone; That memory may their deed redeem, When, like our sires, our sons are gone.
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