The First Strike of the Match

Paul Revere

Paul Revere

We've all heard of Paul Revere. He's that man that rode throughout the countryside many years ago yelling 'The British are coming, the British are coming' as we've all been told.

What if I told you that was a lie? What if I told you that many of the things you've been told about the Revolutionary War were probably untrue?

Paul Revere was one of the Sons of Liberty that helped set in motion the events which occurred on the 19th of April, 1775. But did Paul Revere do this all on his own? What if I told you there were others involved that night that you have never heard of?

Paul Revere was but one of the many actors in the drama that we call the American Revolution. At a LibertySeed we will tell you of Mr. Revere and many other of the players that set in action the birth of our nation.

Thomas Gage

general gage

General Thomas Gage was in charge of Boston in 1775. He was a fair man and did not want conflict with the colonist. However as a soldier he felt compelled to order a raid on the towns of Lexington and Concord.

The raid must have been to insure that the colonist paid their Tea Tax or was there something else planned for that day in April 1775?

But plan he did upon orders from the Crown. He planned in secret, nobody was to know except one of his most trusted high ranking officers. And his wife, a colonist.

General Gage depended upon the utmost secrecy to accomplish his goals of the 19th of April, 1775. But word of the plan was leaked at the last moment.

And word of the plan reached Paul Revere's ears.

And the famous ride began with Mr. Revere calling out to the countryside. And his words were not 'The British are Coming.'

William Dawes

And a fine Son of Liberty he was. William Dawes rode to alert the countryside just as Paul Revere did.

Why haven't you ever heard of William Dawes even though he rode just as hard as Paul Revere? Why could that possibly be?

There are many things that have been forgotten in the fog of the past, the past that created this country. Unfortunately all too many Americans no longer remember the past.

This is one of the reasons that the idea of LibertySeeds was born, to help us, and our posterity, to remember our forefathers. Because to remember them, and the sacrifices they made, is to honor them.


The Shot that was Heard around the World

Lexington, the 19th of April, 1775. Captain John Parker stood on Lexington Green with his 70 men. They were facing aproximately 300 Redcoats.

Seventy farmers, butchers, bakers, and candlestick makers. Facing the strongest, best equiped, and best trained Army in the World at that time. A Shot Rang Out! Eight colonist now lay dead, and were Nine Wounded. Five pairs of Fathers and Sons were separated in a flash.

Did the colonist face the Redcoats because they didn't want to pay a small tax? Or was it because the spirit of Liberty burned bright within their hearts, minds, and souls?

Samuel Adams

If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace.

We seek not your counsel nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.

Levi Preston

Young man, what we meant in going for those Redcoats was this: we always had governed ourselves and we always meant to. They didn't mean we should.

Captain Levi Preston of Danvers, Massachusetts, interviewed about his participation in the first battle of the American Revolution many years later, at the age of 91 (around 1843)

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