The classic accounts of this turning-point in American history by Allen French, The Day of Concord and Lexington (1925), and Arthur Tourtellot, Lexington and Concord
(1959), focus tightly on the events of a single day.
When a suitable resolution to those grievances could not be reached, and a year later armed conflict had started at Lexington and Concord
, drastic action was the result.
The first battles in this war were fought in the area of Lexington and Concord
, near Boston, Massachusetts, on April 19, 1775.
The first shots of the American Revolution are fired in the Battles of Lexington and Concord
, in Massachusetts.
They had been placed as a roadblock to slop patriot intelligence from getting to Lexington and Concord
Independence from England had already been secured in parts of the country by grassroots rebellion a year before the battles at Lexington and Concord
that initiated hostilities with Britain.
Principal battles: Lexington and Concord
(1775); Long Island (1776); Newport (Rhode Island) (1778).
This book provides a straightforward analysis of a much-ignored chapter in the history of the American Revolution: namely, the widespread and popular anti-British protests manifested in rural Massachusetts during the crucial twelve months that preceded the skirmishes at Lexington and Concord
. Ray Raphael, an author who has already written several fine history books, including a social analysis of the American Revolution, contends that the armed confrontation on Lexington Green was the end result of a complicated process of political rebellion in rural parts of the colony outside Boston, instead of a start for the rebellion that flowed from the major port city.
The Revolutionary War begins when British soldiers and American patriots clash at Lexington and Concord
The clashes at Lexington and Concord
began the war for American independence, even though a formal declaration would not be made for more than a year.
Nearly eight months before the American War of Independence began with the battles of Lexington and Concord
, 4,622 militiamen from 37 towns of Worcester County marched down Main Street in Worcester, shut down the Crown-controlled county courthouse and, for the first time ever in the American colonies, effectively overthrew British authority.
After the Battles of Lexington and Concord
, Massachusetts' pro-British military Governor Thomas Gage wrote to Connecticut Governor Jonathan Trumbull seeking assistance against the patriots.