By Brendan Morrissey

The British attack on Breed's Hill and the burning of Charlestown have been the 1st significant battles of the yank Revolution; after the occasions at Boston there has been no turning again. This specific textual content through Brendan Morrissey explores the opposing commanders and forces concerned, when describing how the sparks at Lexington and harmony ignited the smouldering resentment of the Colonists into the flame of a uprising. Colonist defense force have been pitted opposed to British Redcoats in a sequence of struggles which led the British to evacuate Boston and to George Washington taking command of the fledgling American army.

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Col. Smith & Maj. Pitcairn Grenadiers and Marines 2-5 Capt. Pole with the Light Coys. of the 47th and 59th Foot and the Grenadier Coy. of the 10th Foot 3 Light Coy. 59th 4 Light Coy. 47th 5 Gren. Coy. 10th 6 Capt. Parsons with the Light Coys. of the 5th, 38th, 52nd and 23rd Foot 7 Capt. Laurie with the Light Coys. Col. Smith leading the Grenadiers of the 23rd, 47th and 5th Foot to reinforce Laurie SMITH Phase 6 (1200) Parson's command return from searching Barrett's Farm Punkatasset Hill Phase 2 (0600) Barrett orders the militia to withdraw across the Concord River and to assemble on Punkatasset Hill Phase 4 (0900) Barrett now has nearly 5 0 0 men.

Pitcairn's two leading companies (4th and 10th) were expecting trouble after Mitchell's pessimistic report. They swung to the right of the Meeting House and deployed into line, while Pitcairn rode to the left, ordering the militia to lay down their arms and leave. Parker, realising the odds, told his men to disperse, but to keep their arms, and as they did so, a single shot rang out, then a volley from the regulars. A dozen militia tried to return the fire, but the troops (mostly inexperienced and with months — even years — of Bostonian provocation behind them) became uncontrollable.

After crossing the Back Bay to Lechemere Point, the men waded ashore (the boats were too heavily laden to be beached) and waited three hours while ammunition and food was distributed, before finally setting off at 0200. Revere, having arranged the signal in the Old North church, rode towards Cambridge, but a patrol forced him to detour and he reached Lexington at midnight. There, he was joined by William Dawes, who had ridden across Boston Neck and through Roxbury and Cambridge — together with Dr Samuel Prescott, a Concord physician, they set off to rouse the countryside.

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