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April 19th Memories from Lexington

Leading up to the anniversary of April 19, 1775, we will be sharing some short remembrances from a few people who are from Lexington and Concord. This installment is by Rich Gillespie, a native of Lexington, Massachusetts. If you live in … Continue reading

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Remembering Patriots Day

Leading up to the anniversary of April 19, 1775, we will be sharing some short remembrances from a few people who are from Lexington and Concord. Our first installment is by Alex Merenyi. Alex grew up in Lexington and moved to … Continue reading

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April 19, 1775 – Minute Men vs. Militia

“Minutemen” on April 19, 1775 at Lexington and Concord have always been grouped together in history and textbooks. But, is that completely historically accurate? Well, no. There is a common misperception that most of the Americans that went to arms … Continue reading

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Through the Lense of History: May 3, 1775

  Often the study of history can ground us and make us feel less “unique.” This allows us to hopefully put our own experiences into perspective and be able to hopefully learn from lessons of the past.  Many today complain … Continue reading

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Reflections of April 19, 1775

On this date, 241 years ago, the first salvo of what would become the American Revolutionary War, was fired on Lexington Green and North Bridge in Concord. Historian John Galvin once wrote about the Battles of Lexington and Concord that … Continue reading

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Review: The Spirit of ’74, How the American Revolution Began by Ray and Marie Raphael

Why did Boston’s act of political vandalism lead to a British military expedition against small towns in Massachusetts sixteen months later? How, exactly did evolving political tensions result in actual warfare? How did Lexington and Concord become, as Ralph Waldo … Continue reading

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Ready in a Minute

Remember Concord, Massachusetts—April 19, 1775 “The shot heard ’round the world”

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Another Anniversary to Commemorate Next Week

As we observe the beginning of the end of the American Civil War this week at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, another anniversary is just around the corner. 240 years and 10 days ago and approximately 630 miles the first shots … Continue reading

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The Most Fateful Decision of April 19, 1775

  Lord Hugh Percy, the 2nd Duke of Northumberland and holding the rank of brigadier general commanded the relief brigade that was ordered out from Boston by Sir Thomas Gage after Lieutenant Colonel Francis Smith had sent back a messenger … Continue reading

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Lexington Part II – “Our troops advanced towards them, without any intention of injuring them.” Who Fired First at Lexington?

  The above words were written by Lt. Col. Francis Smith in his official report to General Thomas Gage. Smith, in command of the British expedition to Concord recently returned from what would be the opening salvo of rebellion. Smith … Continue reading

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