April 19, 2012
237 year anniversary of 'The Shot Heard 'Round the World'
It was 237 years ago at dawn that 6 companies of British regulars under the command of Major John Pitcairn faced off against a ragged group of citizen soldiers on the green in Lexington, Massachusetts. Under the command of John Parker, a veteran of the French and Indian wars and a respected townsman, the small group of patriots had been mustered early in the morning after being warned that the King's soldiers were on their way from Boston by Paul Revere and William Dawes. What do you suppose it was like on that green with the dawn breaking, having waited all night and now were confronted by vastly superior numbers and an officer who, by later reports, was contemptuous of the colonials and their rabble rousing. Parker was no fool. He knew the British were more interested in the arms cache in Concord than anything in Lexington. He also wasn't going to sacrifice his men for no good reason. So he decided to make a military demonstration rather than risk a confrontation. He placed his men...(Read Full Post)