Lexington and Concord

(and the Midnight Riders)

Before the Battle

It all started on April 19th, 1775. British General Gage, had made secret plans to invade the colonist cities of Lexington, and Concord, Lexington, to capture John Hancock and Sam Adams, and Concord to seize gunpowder. Even though these plans were secret, the Allies managed to receive information about these plans.

They would use Lanterns to indicate whether the British were coming by land, or by sea.

One if by land, two if by sea.

The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere

Paul Revere, along with William Dawes, and Dr. Samuel Prescott, galloped on their horses along the countryside to warn of the coming of the regulars (British troops).

Paul Revere, along with another midnight rider, were detained.

The Word Spreads, and the Battle Begins

As the word spread across the colonies, the militia made preparations to confront the British to help Lexington and Concord. A team of 70 minutemen--a select group of militia that had to be ready to fight in a minute-- confronted 240 British Soldiers. The fighting began with the shot heard around the world; no one knows who fired the shot.

During the fighting at Lexington Green, the British killed 7 Americans, and advanced to Concord. New militia that were arriving at Concord then thwarted the British army, and they retreated. During their retreat, several other militia confronted them and caused over 125 British casualties. In total, 76 were killed, 174 were wounded, and 26 were missing.

Works Cited

Images from Google Images

Information Cited

"Lexington and Concord." Ushistory.org. Independence Hall Association, n.d. Web. 23 Sept. 2014.