Skip to comments.The Concord Fight and the Fearless Isaac Davis
Posted on 04/18/2014 4:01:39 PM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets
Details of the moments just preceding the eventful Bridge fight are limited or shrouded in the silence of time and report. It is certain that upon sighting smoke rising from Concord, Col. Barrett ordered Maj. Buttrick to march the assembled force into the town. How and why the Acton minute company led this expedition have been debated and interpreted for years even to the point of tirades in support of Acton by the Hon. Josiah Adams in 1835 and 1850.
Several explanations of Acton's activities at the Bridge have been set forth. Rev. Ezra Ripley wrote that upon arriving at the muster field, Davis' company "... passing by the other companies, took the right of the whole, which placed him nearest the Bridge, and in front, when they marched toward the enemy." Was this an act of brashness or military ignorance? Davis and his company were junior in rank and the place of senior honors was on the right.
Lemuel Shattuck and several others claim that the colonials were in the process of marching when Acton arrived on the west road, passed in front of the column, moving toward the Bridge and halted. Capt. Brown's Concord minute company then moved two abreast up the north side of the road equally in front. This might indicate that both the Acton and Concord units advanced to the Bridge alongside each other. Indications exist that discrepancies in the manner of march might have ...
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My old stomping ground. The Concord Fight was the ONLY fight that day. Lexington, earlier in the morning, turned into a rout of the Patriots assembled on the ‘Green’.
Concord was where the Americans stood their ground, and fired the ‘Shot heard ‘round the world’.
Of course, once the British started back to Boston, they had to travel back through Lexington, where the Patriots were waiting...
For me, the Old North Bridge is first among American shrines. A holy place...
There was quite a fight in what is now Arlington, Mass. as well. Patriots there ambushed the returning British, as the British cleared and burned houses. At least 25 Patriots were killed, and 40 British died as a result of the fighting in Arlington.
The Patriots showed their dedication and courage in mounting continuous, close quarters attacks on the British. But Samuel Whittemore deserves special recognition. Whittemore, then 80 years old, launched a one man ambush on a group of British troops, killing three of them before being shot in the face and savagely bayonetted and left for dead by the British. Other Patriots found him alive and trying to reload his musket. He recovered from his wounds and lived until he was 98 years old.
Whittemore should be a role model for any American, and his spirit lives on today in the dedication of our special forces operators and Medal of Honor winners. His story exemplifies the courage and dedication of the Patriots.
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