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Having been warned that the British troops were on the march from Boston, about fifty or seventy local men formed on Lexington Green just before dawn on the morning of 19 April 1775. Two ragged lines of militiamen under the command of Captain John Parker were met by the column of British Army soldiers led by Major John Pitcairn. The British troops formed in lines opposite to the Patriot militiamen and both lines stood there impatiently waiting for something to happen. Suddenly a shot rang out from the line of militia near the Buckman Tavern and it triggered firing all along the lines. After the first barrage, eight militiamen lay dead on the field and ten were wounded. Only one British Army soldier sustained a wound ~ just a slight wound in one arm. As Pitcairn's troops fired a second barrage, the colonials fled and took cover behind the buildings and fence walls. Pitcairn ordered his men to fire a 'victory volley' and give three 'huzzahs' and then they marched off toward Concord.
"Battle of Lexington" by Amos Doolittle
Clements Library, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
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