The North Bridge

The North Bridge (HMC1Y)

Location: Concord, MA 01742 Middlesex County
Country: United States of America

N 42° 28.266', W 71° 21.173'

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Minute Man National Historical Park

Minute Man National Historical Park was the starting place of the American Revolution: here the resolve of citizens willing to risk their lives for the ideals of liberty and self-determination was instrumental in the formation of the American identity.

The park preserves sites where Colonial militia men and British soldiers clashed on April 19, 1775. A force of 700 British soldiers left Boston to seize military supplies stockpiled in Concord. Alarm riders alerted the countryside. In area towns, militia companies assembled, ready to defend their communities and their liberties if necessary.

After brief battles at Lexington Green (5:00 a.m.) and Concord's North Bridge (9:30 a.m.) fighting escalated along the "Battle Road." As the British troops marched back towards Boston, militia companies poured in. By afternoon, nearly 4,000 Colonists unleashed "an incessant fire" upon the British soldiers. At the end of the day, the Colonists surrounded and laid siege to Boston. The Revolutionary War had begun.

The North Bridge
Three companies of British Regulars (about 96 men) guarding the North Bridge opened fire upon 400 Colonists advancing from the opposite side. Major John Buttrick of Concord then issued the fateful command, "Fire fellow soldiers, for God's sake fire!" For the first time, Colonists were ordered to fire upon the army of their King, and, for the first time, they killed British soldiers. Ralph Waldo Emerson, in his 1837 poem The Concord Hymn, immortalized this event as "the shot heard round the world."
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Placed ByMinute Man National Historical Park
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Date Added Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 4:43am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)19T E 306578 N 4704766
Decimal Degrees42.47110000, -71.35288333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 28.266', W 71° 21.173'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 28' 15.96" N, 71° 21' 10.38" W
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Area Code(s)508, 978
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1600-1672 Old N Bridge, Concord MA 01742, US
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