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Minuteman reenactor’s forebear may have started the battle
Boston.com ^ | April 19, 2010 | David Filipov

Posted on 04/19/2010 8:52:48 AM PDT by Pharmboy

LEXINGTON — Like the other Minutemen in his company, Bill Poole will grab his musket, sling his cartridge box over his shoulder, and stride onto Lexington Green this morning to fight, and lose, the famed first skirmish between Patriot and Redcoat.

But unlike his comrades in the annual reenactment, Poole will carry with him a piece of a 235-year-old mystery that still surrounds that momentous clash: the question of who fired the shot that sparked the opening volley of the Revolutionary War.

Poole, 76, is the direct descendant of Ebenezer Locke, a man who, according to one account, fired the musket that set the course of the nation’s history. Whether or not that account is true is probably impossible to prove. But even if it’s not true, Locke is certainly one of only a handful of Minutemen identified by name as someone who shot at the British on Lexington Green.

That makes Poole a rather special player in the annual Lexington drama.

“To be part of the reenactment and find out that my great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather was there and played a role was certainly exhilarating,’’ Poole said last week, counting with the fingers of his right hand as he ticked off the greats. “It was a tremendous surprise.’’

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: concord; godsgravesglyphs; lexington; revwar; shotheardrndtheworld
I don't usually post anniversary threads, but this had a bit of news to it...
1 posted on 04/19/2010 8:52:49 AM PDT by Pharmboy
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To: Pharmboy

George W. Bush went back in a time machine and fired the first shot, so that he and his father could set up a political dynasty. (sarcasm)


2 posted on 04/19/2010 8:55:17 AM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: GreyFriar

Hmmm...Hot Tub Time Machine..Texas style?


3 posted on 04/19/2010 8:56:49 AM PDT by Pharmboy (The Stone Age did not end because they ran out of stones...)
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To: Pharmboy
“To be part of the reenactment and find out that my great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather was there and played a role was certainly exhilarating,’’ Poole said last week, counting with the fingers of his right hand as he ticked off the greats. “It was a tremendous surprise.’’


4 posted on 04/19/2010 8:58:14 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (The naked casuistry of the high priests of Warmism would make a Jesuit blush.)
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5 posted on 04/19/2010 9:00:45 AM PDT by Pharmboy (The Stone Age did not end because they ran out of stones...)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Ha! Nicely done...


6 posted on 04/19/2010 9:02:22 AM PDT by Pharmboy (The Stone Age did not end because they ran out of stones...)
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To: Pharmboy

There is a magazine-like book that has long been used to teach high school history teachers, entitled “What Happened On Lexington Green?”

http://www.amazon.com/reader/0201004615

It is a collection of the various first, second, and third-hand accounts of the battle, told at various times close to and far away from the event, and how the tale has changed over time.

It conveys the important lesson about history, that it is both terribly opinionated, and very prone to interpretation and corruption.


7 posted on 04/19/2010 9:03:35 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

That’s a really well formed hand; it looks functional.

Unusual, as the extra finger usually just hangs there.


8 posted on 04/19/2010 9:11:28 AM PDT by TheThirdRuffian (Nothing to see here. Move along.)
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To: Pharmboy
Most of the credible accounts which I've read make it quite clear that the British fired the first shot. It was probably Maj. John Pitcairn or Lt. William Sutherland as such duties were assigned to the junior officers according to the British Military protocol in force.

Captain John Parker of the Colonial militia had also made these orders clear before the onset of battle: "Stand your ground; don't fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here."

The militia was well regulated (drilled) and had a genuine affection for Captain Parker. In fact, fully one-quarter of the men at Lexington were blood relatives. Therefore, I think it unlikely that they would disobey a direct order and fired only in response to the British action.

FWIW, one of Capt. Parker's relatives, Pvt. Job Pratt, my 4x-great grandfather, did not make it to Lexington Green in time, but was in on the action at Concord Bridge.

9 posted on 04/19/2010 9:21:00 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Vigilanteman

I’ve heard it was Sam Adams who fired a pistol as he and Hancock were ferried away in a carriage.


10 posted on 04/19/2010 9:27:07 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Pharmboy

I’m somewhat surprised to discover that their Masters in Boston allow the reenactors to own weapons, let alone carry them in public.


11 posted on 04/19/2010 9:39:49 AM PDT by atomic_dog
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To: massgopguy

I have read about that account too but it was unsubstantiated because there’s just a very few credible and verified accounts regarding Lexington Green. Love Sam Adams. Even the French aristocracy were asking if this (John) Adams was Sam and once they found it wasn’t him, they were openly disappointed.


12 posted on 04/19/2010 9:47:09 AM PDT by max americana
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

I wonder if he killed Inigo Montoya’s father...hmmmm


13 posted on 04/19/2010 9:52:21 AM PDT by stefanbatory (Weed out the RINOs! Sign the pledge. conservativepledge.org)
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To: Vigilanteman

We do know Maj Pitcairn ordered Cpt Parker’s men to lay down arms and disperse ‘ye rebels’. We do know Cpt Parker told his men to disperse but not lay down arms before the shot was fired. We do know that the British regulars fired without orders at Concord bridge.


14 posted on 04/19/2010 9:57:36 AM PDT by ebshumidors (Marksmanship and YOUR heritage http://www.appleseedinfo.org)
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To: Pharmboy

Great one!


15 posted on 04/19/2010 10:05:38 AM PDT by aculeus
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To: Pharmboy

Awesome!

(I still think Sam Adams was ensconced in one of the buildings around Lexington Green and deliberately set off the match to the Revolution with his musket though!)


16 posted on 04/19/2010 10:29:46 AM PDT by ZULU
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To: Pharmboy

excellent!


17 posted on 04/19/2010 10:54:09 AM PDT by griffin (Constitution Unchained! - krsieanforcongress.com)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
I'm not an ancestor of Ebenezer Locke, but his Mother Jemina Russell and I do share ancestors, so I am related to Poole.
18 posted on 04/19/2010 11:42:07 AM PDT by ASA Vet (Iran should have ceased to exist Nov 5, 1979, but we had no president then either.)
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To: rintense

you might find this of interest.


19 posted on 04/19/2010 12:28:20 PM PDT by ASA Vet (Iran should have ceased to exist Nov 5, 1979, but we had no president then either.)
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To: ASA Vet

At the risk of sounding insensitive, how many fingers do you have on your right hand?


20 posted on 04/19/2010 12:39:28 PM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (The naked casuistry of the high priests of Warmism would make a Jesuit blush.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

I had five before the chain saw incident.


21 posted on 04/19/2010 1:15:12 PM PDT by ASA Vet (Iran should have ceased to exist Nov 5, 1979, but we had no president then either.)
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To: ASA Vet
I'm not an ancestor of Ebenezer Locke,

Given that he was born in 1734, I would tend to take your word for that.

22 posted on 04/19/2010 1:25:10 PM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (The naked casuistry of the high priests of Warmism would make a Jesuit blush.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
Darn it, I did it again. I meant, of course, that he was not my ancestor. I did that same stupid mistake a few years ago and got caught by an observant Freeper.
23 posted on 04/19/2010 1:46:47 PM PDT by ASA Vet (Iran should have ceased to exist Nov 5, 1979, but we had no president then either.)
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To: Vigilanteman

Thank you for your ancestor’s service to this great country. My relatives have served (and died) in WWI and WWII, but I cannot count them at the Founding. We only arrived about 120 years ago.


24 posted on 04/19/2010 3:56:22 PM PDT by Pharmboy (The Stone Age did not end because they ran out of stones...)
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25 posted on 04/20/2010 5:25:00 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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