Skip to comments."Stand your ground . . . if they mean to have a war, let it begin here!" April 19, 1775
Posted on 04/19/2009 8:59:44 AM PDT by Pharmboy
On April 15th, 1775, Major General Thomas Gage decided to send a column of seven hundred troops (two hundred over the magic number that the Concord Congress had set) to Concord under the command of Lt. Col. Francis Smith and his second, Major John Pitcairn. Gage had no intention of tolerating anything approaching a repetition of the action at Fort William and Mary. Learning that the depot in Concord held a growing store of gunpowder and arms, he sent these soldiers twenty miles from Boston to seize the military supplies. On the evening of the 18th, Dr. Joeseph Warren, President of the Provincial Congress of Massachusetts, sent Paul Revere and other messengers to Lexington to warn patriots there.
When Colonel Smith moved into the countryside to collect these arms and munitions gathered by the patriot militia, hostilities erupted at Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775. Soon afterward, militia contingents from places throughout New England took up positions outside Boston, putting the city under siege.
Paul Revere did not make it to his destination when sent to warn his countrymen that the British were coming. Captured and briefly detained, he was forced to walk home as the Redcoats retained his horse for His Majesty's service when they detained him.
Commanding the British troops was Major John Pitcairn (left) who marched his soldiers all night, arriving at Lexington at dawn. There he found a line of minute men drawn up on the village green commanded by Captain John Parker. The British halted and the Major shouted, "Disperse, ye rebels, disperse!"
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That was then. This is now. Today, it’s more of “if they mean to hae a war, let it be somewhere else” because Hussein & Co. will sell us down the river to our enemies.
Thanks for the history refresher.
Happy Patriots day to you and your family, and thank you for posting this!
FYI.These are the people who formed the freest country in the world. They did it themselves, without the UN, the World Bank or the ‘international community’.
Best to you and yours on this singular anniversary in American history.
I think the French helped us out...
Yes...and the Dutch and the Spanish too.
Having visited the Lexington and Concord sites as a young boy, and having my Dad explain about the “shot heard around the world” means more today than ever before. Walking across the North Bridge in Concord and being in the place where we took off our gloves and decided to fight for our freedom is still crystal clear in my memory.
The ‘international community’ are nations who submit to the umbrella ‘government’ of the UN, so I don’t think it really applies in your example.
Patriots celebrating today should be reminded that the Founder’s advocacy of neutrality in foreign affairs and the avoidance of foreign entanglements kept us prosperous and peaceful for many years.
The Gadsden Flag is flying on my house today.
I doubt if anyone driving past knows why.
Thanks for the link. Excellent.
Thanks for posting.
At the age of 63, Henry Putnam rode from Medford to Lexington with four of his sons, and died for his country and freedom.
We’ll drink to him tonight, my great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather.
We are privileged to have Henry’s blood legacy on this thread, sir. We join you in your toast...
We had a great T party here last week. I chose to go as an observer to see and interpret what was afoot.
I was astounded to see the depth of penetration of the Gadsden flag on a group that had never been involved in such a gathering in their lives.
The flag was present as a regular flag, on a staff being waved by the holder. There were lots of various sized representations on signs that represented the size and color capabilities of the bearers printer. There were T shirts, sweat shirts and jackets with the flag.
There were several speakers and the phrase “don’t tread on me!” received cheers when incorporated into a speec.
Lastly and most telling.... there were far more Gadsden Flags than the Red, White, and Blue Stars and Stripes.
Something is definitely afoot
It’s ma’am. But thank you.
Thanks for the post and the ping, Pharmboy.
God bless those men who took up arms. We wouldn’t be free now if it weren’t for them.
The truth about this particular episode is that the British were extremely brave. Imagine marching miles in column while the woods around you were alive with musket. I heard they had to send flankers out to disperse the Amercans and at the end of it, the flankers collapsed in exhaustion.
The day the White Horseman rode bump.
Once again, someone edits the actual words to avoid damaging our poor children's sensibilities. Colonel Smith's exact words were, "Lay down your arms, God damn you! Disperse, you rebel bastards!" "Bastard" was the favorite epithet of the day because so often it was true. It was the Golden Age of Illegitimacy.
The story about Paul Revere's horse is priceless. Most people today assume that everyone in that era knew basic horsemanship, but that wasn't necessarily true. John Adams, for example, hated horses and never learned how to ride. Paul Revere's story is a good example.
Silversmith Paul Revere's experience with horses was limited to hitching one up to a carriage. Then in the year before hostilities broke out, Revere took lessons and learned how to handle a horse. He found the experience intoxicating. After closing up shop, he could be found on the back roads near Boston running his horse flat out with the wind whistling through his hair. If you were on a back road in the evening and someone on horseback flew by you at high speed, it was safe to shout out, "Good evening, Mr. Revere." When the men of Boston were looking for volunteers to ride messenger duty, I have this image of Revere raising his hand and jumping up and down, saying, "Me! Me! Me! I'll ride!"
It should be noted that a whole host of riders went out that night, including Israel Bissell, who did in fact complete his mission, unlike Mr. Revere who was stripped of his horse by the British.
Let's not forget Poland's General Thaddeus Kosciusko!
There were very few bastards in Massachusetts at the time. Those Great Migration puritans might have had a lot of six month babies but they did get married.
I recall reading (in Fischer?) that Revere would not have said “The British are coming” since at that time he considered himself British. He would have said
“The regulars are coming.”
True, but remember that Smith and Pitcairn were British, with the British experience of bastardy. And in Britain, it was everywhere.
Please accept my most humble apologies for a poor assumption.
Your Obdt. Svt.,
Great post! Thanks, pharmboy. :)
Interesting story about Revere. I seem to remember that he occasionally rode between NYC and Boston carrying messages between the Sons of Liberty in those cities.
I still prefer the Naval version.
Many individuals of various countries joined directly in the fight - and the new country itself. The comments were about nations, though.
Technically that is a bastard.
Yes, American-British or some such. I really don’t like the “American” vs. “British” phraseology. I call it what they were - REBELS. But admitting ours were “rebels” would offend the Yankees who want to squelch any idea that it was OK to rebel.
The French are overrated. Seriously.
Fortune favors the bold. Luck favors the prepared. We’ll need to be both... ;-)
Putnam, Eleazar. Private, Lexington alarm; 2d Lieut., 1776; served
3 mos. guarding troops of convention, 1778; loaned money for bounty
paid to men enlisting for Canada and N. Y., 1776. Came to Medford
from Charlestown with wife Mary, 1765 ; owned covenant in Cam-
bridge Precinct Church (Menotomy), Nov. 24, 1765; born in Danvers,
June 5, 1738; son of Henry, mentioned below; died in Medford, Nov.
20, 1804. Family tradition says that one of his sons served as drum-
mer for the Medford company, April 19, 1775, to March 17, 1776.
Owned land on High street, Medford.
Putnam, Henry. Killed at Menotomy on retreat of British, April 19, 1775.
Served as lieutenant at capture of Louisburg, 1758. Born at Danvers,
Mass., Aug. 14, 1712; came to Medford from Charlestown, 1765, with
wife Hannah ; she died in Newburyport.
Putnam, Roger. Served 1 mo. at lines at Boston, 1776; loaned money
to pay bounty to men going to Canada, July, 1776, and to N. Y.,
Sept., 1776. Son of Henry and Hannah Putnam ; taxed first in Med-
ford, 1776; married Sarah Brothers, daughter of Mary, wife of Thomas
Richardson (family came from Reading, 1763), Oct. 13, 1774; died
Oct. 27, 1794.
Very interesting, and very cool.
Close but no cigar - I guess this is not the famous ISRAEL Putnam.
Israel was some sort of cousin. The 17th and 18th c. Putnams were madly prolific, ten children in a family, with only fifteen names to go around ;) I read somewhere that there were over 84 Putnams in the various militias that marched to battle that day.
Israel was older, but he was also born in Danvers/Salem, and ended up in the same general region.
Oops, sorry. Looked at wrong Putnam; Israel was younger than your Henry then.
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