By Alden L. Benton
April 19, 1775, is a date all Americans should honor and remember. It is a day second in importance only to July 4. It is the day the American Revolution began.
Tension between the American colonists and the British had been rising for years. The British occupied Boston, Massachusetts.
General Thomas Gage, the military governor of Massachusetts received orders to disarm the colonial militias and arrest key colonial leaders. The day before the battle, Gage scouted the area around Concord, Massachusetts, suspecting the militia’s cache of supplies was hidden there.
However, Gage’s scouting party alerted the Patriots of their intentions. Patriot leaders such as Samuel Adams and John Hancock left the area for the safety of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. That night, Patriot leader Dr. Joseph Warren sent William Dawes and Paul Revere to alert the militia that the British were headed to Lexington and Concord. Most of the supplies at Concord were moved elsewhere. In the morning, the British sent 700 men to Lexington.
The Patriot militia mustered on the Lexington town green with orders not to fire unless fired upon. At sunrise, the British arrived. Their commander ordered the militia to disperse and lay down their arms. The militia began to disperse, but kept their weapons.
A shot rang out. The battle began. The British charged forward and drove the militia from the green. Musket smoke filled the green. When the some cleared, eight militiamen were dead and ten wounded. One British soldier was injured.
The British moved on toward their original objective: Concord.
The militia in Concord took up a defensive position on a hill across the North Bridge while the British force searched the town for the colonials’ munitions cache. While the British searched for munitions, militia from surrounding towns was reinforcing the Concord militia.
The British found little munitions, but disable three cannons.
The colonial militia, now 400 strong, advanced towards the bridge and engaged the British. The militiamen fired across the river, forcing the British back into the town. The British commander did not engage the militia and readied his men for the march back to Boston.
As the British marched back towards Boston, the militia attacked. The first attack was at Meriam’s Corner, about a mile from Concord. This was followed by another attack at Brooks Hill, and by a third at the “Bloody Angle.”
At the “Bloody Angle,” more than 200 militiamen fired on the British from behind trees and fences on both sides of the road, catching the British in crossfire. As the British neared Lexington, the Lexington militia ambushed them. When they finally reached Lexington, the battered British troops were reinforced, and continued their march to Boston.
The Massachusetts militia suffered 50 killed, 39 wounded, and five missing that day. The British forces lost 73 dead, 173 wounded, and 26 missing.
This is our heritage. This is the American spirit. This is the history of this great land and its people.
This is the essence of America that Obama and the Left sneer at, and spit upon. This is the heritage Obama and the Left want to “fundamentally transform.”
This is the history they continue to revise in order to fit it to their warped idea of the truth. This is not the history they teach our children.
The men at Lexington and Concord, outnumbered and outgunned, took on the most powerful nation on earth that day in 1775, more than a year before the Declaration of Independence was signed. Fifty of them made the ultimate sacrifice.
That is courage; the courage of men and women who loved Liberty more than life. This is the America that we must reclaim and preserve.
It starts by eliminating the Leftists from all levels of our government on November 6.
“It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace — but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”
~Patrick Henry, Second Virginia Convention, March 23, 1775
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