The Bluff & Fiske Hill

The Bluff & Fiske Hill (HMBU6)

Location: Lexington, MA 02421 Middlesex County
Country: United States of America
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N 42° 26.93', W 71° 15.462'

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Minute Man Nat'l Hist Park, Mass

— National Park Service —

The fighting between Colonists and British troops grew more intense as the struggle along the Battle Road wore on. In this stretch between the Bluff and Fiske Hill, the British column began to fall apart. While trying to restore order to his disorganized ranks, Major John Pitcairn (second-in-command of the British force) was thrown from his horse.

The British soldiers were outnumbered and totally exhausted. Near here, the commander of the ill-fated expedition, Lt. Colonel Francis Smith, suffered a painful leg wound. The British situation grew desperate.

"The enemy were then rising and passing over Fiske's Hill. An officer, mounted on an elegant horse, and with a drawn sword in his hand, was riding backwards and forwards, commanding and urging on the British troops. A number of Americans behind a pile of rails raised their guns and fired with deadly effect. The officer fell, and the horse took fright, leaped the wall, and ran directly towards those who had killed his rider. The enemy discharged their musketry in that direction, but their fire took no effect."
- Edmund Foster, Reading Minute Man
Note that the British officer described, Major John Picairn, was not actually killed.

"All the hills on each side of us were covered with rebels . . . so that they kept the road always lined and a very hot fire on us without intermission . . ."
- British Ensign Henry DeBerniere


1:40 p.m. April 19, 1775 The Bluff & Fiske Hill
Colonial Militia 1600 Men
British Regulars 700 Men
12? miles & 5 hours, 20 minutes to Boston
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HM NumberHMBU6
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Placed ByMinute Man National Historical Park
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Date Added Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 11:03pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)19T E 314337 N 4702081
Decimal Degrees42.44883333, -71.25770000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 26.93', W 71° 15.462'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 26' 55.80" N, 71° 15' 27.72" W
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Area Code(s)617, 781
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2749-2803 Old Massachusetts Ave, Lexington MA 02421, US
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