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Battles of Lexington and Concord

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Battles of Lexington and Concord
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Overview
LocationLexington, Massachusetts
Concord, Massachusetts
DateApril 19, 1775[1]
ResultStart of the American Revolutionary War[1]
Involved parties
Colonial United StatesBetsyRossFlag.png Colonial AmericaKingdom of Great BritainUnion flag 1606 (Kings Colors).png Great Britain
Forces
Paul Revere
American militiamen
Lieutenant Colonel Francis Smith
Major John Pitcairn
British Army soldiers
 
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This is a real-world subject, covered in detail on Wikipedia.

The battles of Lexington and Concord were the first two battles of the American Revolutionary War.

Background

On the night of April 18th 1775, Lieutenant Colonel Smith marched with 700 British soldiers to Concord on a mission to disarm the rebels. Using a plan devised by Paul Revere, Robert Newman climbed to the top of the Old North Church and lit two lanterns to alert patriots that the Redcoats were coming up the Charles River; thus inspiring Longfellow's famous verse, "One if by land, two if by sea." The battles of Lexington and Concord that followed would start the American Revolution.[1] The first shots of the battles were fired on the Old North Bridge, and a statue currently stands near it to commemorate the minutemen forces that fought.[2]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Old North Church inscription: "Built in 1723, the Old North Church is the oldest standing church in Boston. Its 191 foot tall steeple also makes it the tallest church in Boston. On the night of April 18th 1775, Lieutenant Colonel Smith marched with 700 British soldiers to Concord on a mission to disarm the rebels. Using a plan devised by Paul Revere, Robert Newman climbed to the top of this church and lit two lanterns to alert patriots that the Redcoats were coming up the Charles River. Thus inspiring Longfellow's famous verse, "One if by land, two if by sea." The battles of Lexington and Concord that followed would start the American Revolution."
  2. Preston Garvey: "Well I'll be damned. It's the monument to the original Minutemen. I knew that was somewhere around Concord. That means this right here must be the Old North Bridge. Where the first shots of the American Revolution were fired. I'd call that the best omen I've seen since we left Quincy."
    Sturges: "I don't know what you're talking about, boss, but I'm glad you're happy about it."
    (Preston Garvey's and Sturges' dialogue) Note: This conversation is spoken as the group passes the Minuteman statue on their way to Sanctuary Hills after the quest When Freedom Calls.