The Negligent Discharge That Started The Fire of Freedom
By John Farnam
Ft Collins, CO –-(Ammoland.com)- The Shot “Heard Around the World!”
19 Apr 1775 (Wed) at the Bridge at Lexington and Concord, MA
By April of 1775, just over a year after the “Boston Tea Party,” the entire Massachusetts Colony (outside of Boston) was finally declared by the British Crown to be in an open “State of Rebellion.”
Thus, a battalion of British regulars, under Lt/Col Francis smith, were sent out into the countryside by British General Thomas Gage to confront the rebels. They marched all night from Boston in an effort to surprise local militias in Concord. Their orders were to brush-aside all resistance and forcibly seize military supplies, including privately-owned small arms, rifles, muskets, and pistols.(gun control)
The British Advanced Guard, composed of British Marines under the command of Major John Pitcaren, lead the column.
The intended “surprise” of their mission had been compromised, via the Colonists’ skillful spy network. Everyone knew they were coming, and their route.
Both sides were nervous, but hesitant to shoot.
They were confronted, just …Read the Rest