April 19, 1775-The Dawn of Revolution

April 19, 1775-The Dawn of Revolution (HM16HR)

Location: Lexington, MA 02421 Middlesex County
Country: United States of America

N 42° 26.934', W 71° 16.176'

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Minute Man National Historical Park

— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —

April 19, 1775-The Dawn of Revolution-On the night of April 18, 1775 approximately 700 British soldiers gathered on Boston Commons to prepare for a raid on American military supplies stored in nearby Concord. Informed of the British troop movement, Paul Revere and William Dawes, Boston residents set out to warn their fellow colonists.

Over the next twenty-four hours, a series of events ensued which took Massachusetts and colonies a major step closer to Independence. Casualties, first in Lexington, then in Concord , and finally on the road back to Boston, marked a turning point in a decade-old struggle.

By the end of the day on April 19, the Minute Men had surrounded Boston and laid siege to the port city. On July 2, 1775, George Washington, a planter from distant Virginia, took charge of the army. Eight months later, on March 17, 1776, British troops evacuated Boston. In Massachusetts the fighting was over, but the War for Independence had only begun.

Exhibits and audiovisual programs in this Visitor Center tell the story of the events of April 19, 1775, the immediate consequences of those events, and their meaning for our Republic.

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Date Added Sunday, September 21st, 2014 at 5:59am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)19T E 313359 N 4702114
Decimal Degrees42.44890000, -71.26960000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 26.934', W 71° 16.176'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 26' 56.04" N, 71° 16' 10.56" W
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Area Code(s)617, 781
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 52 Marrett St, Lexington MA 02421, US
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