apr 19, 1775 - Battles of Lexington and Concord
The Battles of Lexington and Concord were the first military engagements of the American Revolutionary War. News that redcoats would march on Concord reached the colonists, and two couriers were sent to alert residents in Lexington. On April 19, some 700 redcoats arrived at Lexington and came upon 77 militiamen. The militiamen had just gotten the order to disperse when a shot rang out. No one knows who shot first to this day. The British then started shooting. In the end, 8 militiamen lay dead, and 9 were injured. The redcoats continued to Concord and found that most of the arms had been relocated. After searching for about four hours, the British prepared to return to Boston. By that time, around 2000 minutemen had descended the area. The colonists only followed the British troops at first, but then started firing from behind whatever cover they could find.
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