The Battle of Concord


The Battle of Concord arose on April 19,1775 and was fought in Concord, Massachusetts. This battle was the first serious event that triggered the American Revolution.

On that April day, a huge amount of ammunition and military shops where setup together by the people in Concord. In the mean time Thomas Gage one of the British generals, had sent approximately 700 British troops into Concord, Massachusetts. The troops were ordered to capture and destroy all the supplies under the command of Francis Smith, a Lieutenant Colonel.

The Minutemen were aware in advance by some of the American patriots - William Dawes, Paul Revere, and Samuel Prescott. They knew that the British soldiers were headed towards Concord. While that morning in Lexington, Massachusetts, a squabble had occurred, that did not stop the troops from marching onwards to Concord.

Most of the British troops arrived around 7:30 am at Concord, Massachusetts.

With around 300 to 400 Minutemen they all gathered along the North Bridge over to the Concord River on the farthest side and refused the British to advance. Several soldiers from both sides were wounded or even killed. The British soldiers began to fall back and started heading back towards Boston.

During this time, the irregular colonial militia was harassing the British troops. These Minutemen began to fire from different directions preventing concerted attacks that the British might partake in.

Once the British soldiers finally reached Lexington, Massachusetts, they were very exhausted. Thanks to some additional troops that were commanded by Hugh Percy, a Brigadier General, they were then reinforced.

The colonists did not give up though they followed the British soldiers all the way into Charlestown, Massachusetts. The retreat started to settle down.

The Battle of Concord was significant, but not in the terms of casualties. Over 270 British soldiers and less than 100 Americans were killed.