The Second Strike of the Match at the North Bridge



The town of Concord, early morning the 19th of April, 1775. Normally a quiet time with the citizens going about their business.

But this was not to be a normal morning. The Redcoats were coming. Life was about to be changed in the course of a day. Things would never be the same from this day forward. The people of Concord were Gathering. The word was out. Shots had rang out in Lexington, a mere five miles away. My word, what could possibly be occurring, surely it must be a mistake!

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The North Bridge

Why did the highly trained troops of the Royal Crown break and run?

After all, they were only facing a bunch of farmers and old, worn out, veterans of the French and Indian Wars. What in the world could the professional troops of the British Crown possibly have to worry about?

This was to be a walk in the park.

How could a bunch of farmers and shopkeepers, butchers, bakers, and candlestick makers route the strongest, best trained Army in the World at that time? This was unheard of, it couldn't possibly be happening.

But happen it did, and in a most astounding way, and how it happened may well surprise you.

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Issac Davis

Isaac Davis was a man who knew what he was about. Isaac Davis wasn’t just some farmer with a musket. A gunsmith by trade and a captain of the militia in Acton, Massachusetts (an organized group of able bodied men dedicated to the defense of their town), Isaac Davis played a significant role in supplying arms to his community and preparing for its defense. And on April 19, 1775, those preparations made history.

Who was Issac Davis? And why did he fight?

Mr. Davis had four sick kids at home on the day of April 19th. Surely he should have stayed home that day to help his wife Hanna take care of them?

And Hanna, writing in her dairy said that as she watched him leave their home that "I knew that I would never see him again in this earthly plane." Why didn't she stop him?

What is it that could possibly make people put their life, their families, and all they own at risk? It certainly isn't for something like Liberty is it?

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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