Let It Begin Here!: Lexington & Concord: First Battles of the American Revolution by Dennis Brindell FradinApril 18, 1775
9:30 P.M. Paul Revere learns that the British army is marching to Lexington and Concord to arrest rebel leaders and destroy American military supplies.
11:00 P.M. Revere begins his famous midnight ride to warn his fellow patriots about the British plans.
April 19, 1775
12:00 A.M. Revere reaches Lexington and warns rebel leaders Samuel Adams and John Hancock that the British are coming. They escape and rouse the towns militia.
1:00 A.M. Revere is captured by the British, but a fellow patriot continues on to warn the sleeping village of Concord.
5:00 A.M. An advance lookout for the Lexington militia spots the approaching British army and shouts a warning.
5:20 A.M. Most of the 70 Lexington militiamen, outgunned by the military might of the 250 British regulars, decide to back down. But a few men stand their ground, including Jonas Parker, a grandfather who has vowed never to flee the British.
Suddenly, a shot rings out.
What is the significance of the battles at Lexington and Concord?
10 Facts About The Battles of Lexington And Concord
Fought at the towns of Lexington and Concord in Middlesex County, Massachusetts , the battles of Lexington and Concord remain highly significant historic events for being the first military engagements of the American Revolutionary War. Here are 10 interesting facts about the causes, events, contribution of minutemen, casualties and result of the battles. The colonists responded to what they termed the Intolerable Acts by forming a rebel government known as the Massachusetts Provincial Congress and called for local militias to train for possible hostilities. In February , the British government declared Massachusetts to be in a state of rebellion. The advent of American Revolution split the people in the American colonies into two groups the Loyalists , who remained loyal to the British Crown; and the Patriots , who violently rebelled against British control in America. On April 14, , General Thomas Gage , the military governor of Massachusetts, was told to take action to disarm the patriots and to imprison their leaders.
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. Through effective intelligence gathering, Patriot leaders had received word weeks before the expedition that their supplies might be at risk and had moved most of them to other locations.