April 19th, 1775: The American Revolution Began

This day in History is an important one that led to our country winning our Freedom to live our lives based on the concept we are free men and women with rights given to us by God not the Government.

The Battle of Lexington:

At about 5 a.m., 700 British troops, on a mission to capture Patriot leaders and seize a Patriot arsenal, march into Lexington to find 77 armed minutemen under Captain John Parker waiting for them on the town’s common green. British Major John Pitcairn ordered the outnumbered Patriots to disperse, and after a moment’s hesitation the Americans began to drift off the green. Suddenly, the “shot heard around the world” was fired from an undetermined gun, and a cloud of musket smoke soon covered the green. When the brief Battle of Lexington ended, eight Americans lay dead or dying and 10 others were wounded. Only one British soldier was injured, but the American Revolution had begun.


The Battle of Lexington led to the Battle of Concord which would then escalate into the American Revolutionary War. For seven years we fought the Revolutionary War and it is from the Battle of Lexington we can trace the one conflict that finally sparked the Patriots into action.

So who do you think fired the first shot? Was it a Red Coat, a “third party” or a Minuteman?

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