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Old 01-19-2013, 15:13   #51
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Part 9- Lexington

Upon reaching Lexington Paul Revere immediately went to the house of Reverend Jonas Clark. He knew that John Hancock and Sam Adams when warned out of Concord a few days before had retreated to Rev. Clark's house. This house was chosen because Hancock's grandfather had built the church and rectory and served as it's minister for many years before Clark took over. Hancock was well known in the town having spent a great deal of time there with his grandfather.

Revere was surprised to be stopped by armed militia men as he approached the house. He was told that earlier in the day 8 men on horses identified as army officers had come through town. John Parker the militia captain had ordered the same number of his men to protect Hancock and Adams.

Revere, Hancock, Adams and Parker met to discuss what to do. Hancock wanted to stay and fight but Adams and Revere talked him out of it. Parker decided he would call out his militia and send scouts east toward Boston to try and locate the column. As they discussed, William Dawes, the other rider out of Boston showed up.

After some rest and food, Adams and Hancock were to leave town as soon as possible while Revere and Dawes would continue their ride to Concord.

On the road out of town, Revere and Dawes ran into a man named Dr. Samuel Prescott from Concord. Prescott had been in Lexington visiting his fiance' Lydia Mulligan. Prescott informed Revere that he was "a true son of liberty" and would help spread the word. Since he was doctor he knew most of people in Concord and surrounding areas.

As the trio rode west they noticed a couple riders along the road ahead in the moonlight. Moving forward two more riders appeared from the shadows under the trees. Four more riders suddenly appeared behind them and they realized these men were British officers. Faced with 8 armed men with pistols and nowhere to run Revere and his companions were forced to surrender. The officers, a combination of lieutenants and sergeants forced the men off the road into a stone walled coral. A quick glance among the men was exchanged and all three spurred their horses forward. Prescott and Dawes managed to clear the wall and escape while Revere's reins were seized by the nearest officer. Revere was caught and ready to pay the price.

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Old 01-19-2013, 19:29   #52
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So what is our modern day warning system? Facebook and Twitter?

Gawd I hope not, I have never used either ...
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I cannot tell you how good it is to hear this again. the first time was in the late 1940's and was told to us children in school, as a true and exciting story of how good people protected their liberties and created a new country. We tend to forget with time..

Back then, the teachers told this with enthusiasm and fervor. They showed us how important this was as a lesson in history, and how it should not be forgotten.

I very much like your dissertation and informal discussion of the relevant facts in a time line. Excellent work.

Thank you for whatever effort you have put into this and please continue. I'm sure few young people have heard the short and informative history as you have presented.
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I remember learning this in school when I was young. Do they still teach this?

Nope. They just "teach" the test.
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Part 10- The Alert

Sixteen year old Billy Diamond lay asleep in his house with his family. He was warm and comfortable under the quilts and blankets huddled together with his brothers and sisters. There was no central heat just a fireplace that had burned down leaving the house cold in the mid April night.

Suddenly he was shaken awake by his mother. "Billy get up, there is trouble in the village, take your drum." He was still groggy when he and his father started the walk through town. He was also cold in the chilly New England air. He noticed the same full moon that saw Paul Revere rowed across the river earlier in the night was now high in the sky. He could hear the meeting house bell ringing in the distance.

As they walked he noticed other people in other houses moving about in the flickering candle light. He noticed other men and boys moving silently along, the bright dots of candle lanterns swaying as they walked.

One of those boys he saw was Jonathon Harrington. Jonathon was walking with his father and cousin Caleb Harrington. As they reached the town square, known as Lexington Green, his family met at his uncle and namesake's house at the north end of the green.

Prince Esterbrook was already awake in his shack behind the main house when there was a knock on his door. "You don't have to go" his master said. Prince knew the value of freedom by not having any. As a slave he thought maybe these white men might appreciate what they had if it was in danger of being taken away. He had already decided. He would go. "I am ready," he said as he stood.

Captain John Parker was 40ish. He was a veteran of the French Indian War. He had been in Roger's Rangers an elite company for it's time and the forerunner of today's Army Rangers. Parker had been elected captain of the Lexington Militia by his friends and neighbors because of his steady hand, resolute demeanor and experience.

Parker watched the men file by singly or in small groups onto the green. When he saw Billy Diamond and the young Jonathon Harrington he walked over to them. He put a hand on each of their shoulders and said, "I need you boys to stay close to me. Billy, beat assembly to call the men in. When they are formed, Jonathon play something on your fife while we wait for the others."

Diamond the company drummer and Harrington the company fifer did as they were told. Both were only five years old when the trouble started. From the time they could remember all they heard from their elders was about how their liberty was being taken away. They had grown up under the shadow of government oppression and they were both eager to stand up against it no mater what the cost.

As the men and boys formed that day they had no idea what to expect in the coming hours. Standing in armed defiance to the crown was treason.

There was no health insurance or life insurance to help their families if wounded or killed. There was no social security or welfare. The death or disablement of the bread winner in the family meant destitution for the whole family. The was no emergency medical service to respond if wounded. There were no anesthetics to dull the pain. There were no antibiotics to prevent infection.

The choice was not simple and it's consequence this day was likely the hot lead of a musket ball, the cold steel of the bayonet or the hangman's noose.

Yet, despite the dangers the women of the town sent their sons and husbands, brothers, fathers and grandfathers. They were as young as 15 years and old as 70. The fathers stood with their sons, nine pairs on the green that morning. Nearly everyone on the green were related either by blood or marriage.

They stood together as one in defense of liberty.

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Thank you Sir, please continue. Excellent information.
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Kind of makes you wonder what we modern American's would do faced with the same situation.

We have let our liberties slip away and we still haven't learned from the lessons of history.

These people gave up everything to create a form of government that changed the world forever. We as modern Americans are not worthy of their sacrifices.
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I know nothing about Appleseed other than they don't like illegal aliens being deported. What else does Appleseed do?
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I know nothing about Appleseed other than they don't like illegal aliens being deported. What else does Appleseed do?
Thanks for asking.

Appleseed is a project of the Revolutionary War Veterans Association. The RWVA is a nationwide, non profit, non political charitable organization. It's purpose is to keep the history and heritage of our founding fathers alive, primarily through telling the history to groups, organizations, schools etc. We are all volunteers.

We also teach really good rifle marksmanship by holding weekend long clinics at host sportsman's clubs and ranges. Along with learning about shooting from standing, sitting and prone, the use of loop and hasty sling, principles of marksmanship and lots of shooting, you also learn the history I've talked about. It kind of puts everything into perspective.

By the end of the weekend you shoot the qualification course and can earn your Rifleman Patch.

Imagine the message a nation of qualified 'Riflemen' who know their heritage would send?

go here for more info........ www.rwva.org

And no, we don't have anything to do with aliens, illegal or otherwise. I don't know where that idea would have come from.
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Thanks for asking.

Appleseed is a project of the Revolutionary War Veterans Association. The RWVA is a nationwide, non profit, non political charitable organization. It's purpose is to keep the history and heritage of our founding fathers alive, primarily through telling the history to groups, organizations, schools etc. We are all volunteers.

We also teach really good rifle marksmanship by holding weekend long clinics at host sportsman's clubs and ranges. Along with learning about shooting from standing, sitting and prone, the use of loop and hasty sling, principles of marksmanship and lots of shooting, you also learn the history I've talked about. It kind of puts everything into perspective.

go here for more info........ www.rwva.org

And no, we don't have anything to do with aliens, illegal or otherwise. I don't know where that idea would have come from.
From experience. That is why I asked. A group was out protesting a couple of months ago about deporting illegal aliens. And I thought to myself, I don't know much about about what Appleseed is. So, since you brought up Appleseed I wanted to know more, as that is my only experience with them.

Now, the marksmanship thing, that sounds pretty cool.
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After the colonies became independent, John Paul Jones went to Russia and created for them a modern navy. He died and was buried in Russia - in a lead casket - and was recently brought back to the states and buried at the Naval Academy...if memory serves.


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From experience. That is why I asked. A group was out protesting a couple of months ago about deporting illegal aliens. And I thought to myself, I don't know much about about what Appleseed is. So, since you brought up Appleseed I wanted to know more, as that is my only experience with them.

Now, the marksmanship thing, that sounds pretty cool.
That is certainly a different Appleseed. Our Appleseed Project is through the RWVA.

The people who come to an Appleseed clinic runs the gamut from military guys who want to learn to shoot out to 400 yards and 9 year old kids who never touched a gun before and everyone in between.

I've had grown men cry at the stories and because the instruction took them back to basic training in the 1950s.

I've little girls on the line who were afraid to touch a gun, within a couple hours, going up to the line, slinging up into an loop sling and shoot 1" groups at 25 meters from unsupported prone. In the space of a couple hours they became confident, competent and safe with a rifle. It is an awesome thing to behold.

I've had high power and tactical rifle guys on the line who thank us at the end of the weekend for getting them back to fundamentals. I've not met one person in any of the events tell us they haven't learned something new.

We've taught soldiers who were being deployed who wanted to learn to shoot at long distance instead of up close. They don't teach the use of a sling as a shooting support in the military anymore.

This is good stuff.
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From experience. That is why I asked. A group was out protesting a couple of months ago about deporting illegal aliens. And I thought to myself, I don't know much about about what Appleseed is. So, since you brought up Appleseed I wanted to know more, as that is my only experience with them.

Now, the marksmanship thing, that sounds pretty cool.
Definitely not the same Appleseed. As a 501c3 org, we don't talk any modern politics. Just the history of the American Revolution.

Keep going, Mac. I'm going to steal this from you, you know.
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Part 11 -The Advance

Paul Revere stood in the darkness with 8 officers of the kings army surrounding him. A cocked pistol was pressed to his head and the officer demanded his name.

"I am Paul Revere" he replied. Surprised, the men all looked at each other as if to ask "Paul Revere? THE Paul Revere?"

"Do not lie to us sir, who are you and what are you doing about this eve?" Asked the leader.

"I am Paul Revere and I beg your pardon. I am taking a message to Concord about the column of troops going there to deprive our countrymen of their rights and arms."

The Lieutenant was startled by this. He had no knowledge of the mission of Smith's column. His orders were simply to patrol the roads and stop any messengers that might be out. As he pressed Revere for more information Revere readily obliged.

Back in Lexington, Captain Parker had briefed his men on the green. He has sent scouts east to find the column. As the night wore on the men standing in the cool spring air became tired and restless. The initial surge of adrenaline had worn off and many fought to keep their eyes open. No word had yet come back from the scouts about the location of troops.

Out on the road Revere was being pressed for more information. He thought that his only chance was to tell the truth but maybe enhance it a little. He began to tell his captors that they had been watching the troops assemble in Boston and knew from the outset the mission. He explained that by now all the supplies they were after in Concord had been removed and hidden. He told them that he had 500 men in Lexington waiting for Smith, the mission would be a disaster.

Back in Lexington Captain Parker surveyed his men. With no real idea of what was happening he decided to have the men stand down. "Men," he said. "Stand down but stay in town and within the sound of the drum." Many of the men including the Harringtons retreated to Uncle Jonathon Harrington's house on the edge of the green. Others who had come into town from the surrounding countryside appreciated that the proprietors of the Buckman Tavern on the south edge of the green opened its doors to provide food and a chance to warm up. As those men gathered to enter the tavern they unloaded their muskets by firing a volley into the air. The cool damp air worked it's way into the black powder if given a chance. The only way to ensure proper operation was fire the muskets and then reload when the time came to go back out.

Back on the road, Paul Revere was raising the anxiety of his captors with each telling of the massing of the militia. Suddenly as if on cue, a volley came from the direction of Lexington. The startled officers suddenly had to make a decision. Do they execute the prisoner, take him with them or ride quickly back to warn Smith of the ambush? An extra horse would be useful if they chose to race back to meet the column and surely they would be forgiven for not bringing the famous Paul Revere if it meant saving their fellow troops.

The decision was made. Revere was left on foot as the officers took his horse and raced east hoping to meet Smith before he got to Lexington.

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Definitely not the same Appleseed. As a 501c3 org, we don't talk any modern politics. Just the history of the American Revolution.

Keep going, Mac. I'm going to steal this from you, you know.
It must have been. But, the Appleseed described here seems like a far better thing. I like what is portrayed here.
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Part 12- The Challange

Col. Smith's troops had reached Menotomy (modern day Arlington) just a few miles from Lexington when 8 of his officers rode up. Smith called a halt while he listened to them explain that they had caught Paul Revere and that there was 500 militia in town. No, they hadn't seen them themselves because they had taken a wide berth around Lexington to avoid detection but they had heard the musket fire and the bell ringing the alarm.

Smith's troops themselves had heard bells in each town they passed through. They had heard shots off in the distance alerting the country side as they marched. He knew that there presence was known but was sure the colonists didn't know the purpose.

Turning to Major Pitcairn, his second in command, Smith ordered his royal marines to the head of the column. Pitcairn's marines, essentially light infantry, were to proceed as fast as they could in advance of the main body to Concord and carry out the mission.

As the marines advanced on Lexington, Capt. Parker was suddenly made aware of one of his scouts returning to town. The scout reported that he had been trapped behind the column in Cambridge and only managed to get around them when they stopped in Menotomy. He reported that they were only a mile or so out and moving fast. Parker immediately ordered young Diamond to beat assembly. The men filed out of their houses and the Buckman Tavern and formed up again at the west end of the green.

About this time Paul Revere walked into town from his ordeal on the road. Upon talking to Capt. Parker he was shocked to learn that Hancock and Adams were still in town. Revere immediately ran to Rev. Clark's house and confronted the reluctant Hancock. Hancock wanted to stay and fight. Revere explained that if he was killed or captured it would be devastating blow to the cause. He must leave, NOW!

Hancock finally agreed to go. Urged on by Sam Adams they packed up and headed north out of town. Revere stayed behind and learned from Hancock's male secretary that all the papers from the provincial congress were in a trunk and still in his room at the Buckman Tavern. If those papers fell into the hands of the army, the cause and many people associated with it would suffer terribly. Revere determined to save the trunk.

The Lexington Green is a triangular shaped space about 100 yards long and 50 yards wide at it's north west end. The narrow point is toward the east where the meeting hall stood. The road from Boston split at the meeting hall. The right fork going past Buckman Tavern across the street from the hall and continuing at a north west angle skirting the green. The left fork swung straight west to Concord.

Parker's men in the meantime were formed at the wide end of the green. They were nervous and uneasy, not knowing what to expect. A few grumbled about how it wasn't worth it and talked about leaving. Parker said, "the first man to leave will be shot dead." These were his own friends and family standing with him. Most of them knew he meant it. The fear of Parker humiliating them and perhaps shooting them in front of their families was worse than the fear of the redcoats. They remained steadfast.

As the dawn broke the sounds of many men on the road to the east became apparent. Revere and Hancock's secretary had reached Buckman Tavern and were wrestling with the heavy trunk. Jonathon Harrington's cousin Caleb, John Simmons and another man were on the second floor of the meeting house watching as the royal marines came into view on the road to the east.

Major Pitcairn had put one of his firebrand lieutenants at the head of his column. Lt. Jesse Adair rode ahead and noticed men at the far end of the green in the early morning light. His mission was to go to Concord but he was itching for a fight and wanted to teach these rebels a lesson. As his men reached the fork in the road he made a fateful decision to confront the men on the green. He lead his two hundred men onto the right fork and then onto the green. He immediately formed them into battle lines.

Paul Revere had seen the approach of the marines. He and Hancock's secretary barely got out the back door of the tavern when the marines spilled past them intent on forming on the green. Staying behind the tavern, he made his way behind the buildings skirting the road to the treeline as the troops formed their ranks.

Seeing the ranks of soldiers spilling onto the green, the 70-80 man militia heavily outnumbered, took an involuntary step backward. Capt. Parker shouted to his men, "Stand your ground men. Do not fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here!"

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Thank you so much for posting this. Do you have a link or source of where you got this information. Would be great to spread the info to others. This is what needs to be taught in schools.
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What happened to Part 11? Or did you just skip a number by accident? Loving this BTW - Thank you so much for keeping it coming.
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What happened to Part 11? Or did you just skip a number by accident? Loving this BTW - Thank you so much for keeping it coming.
Inadvertently skipped 11. It's been fixed.
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Thank you so much for posting this. Do you have a link or source of where you got this information. Would be great to spread the info to others. This is what needs to be taught in schools.
I do have a source and will share it at the end.

If you want to hear the whole story come to an Appleseed. We do a lot of shooting at an Appleseed clinic. During the breaks and at lunch we tell this as a narrative and include people and events that I don't have room to tell here. It is a very powerful story.

And you are right about spreading the info to others. That's what the RWVA is about, keeping the story alive. That's the whole point of the name "Appleseed". Just like Johnny Appleseed planted seeds to spread apples across the land, we want to plant the seeds of heritage and history. We can't forget what our forefathers did to create a form of government that is for the people, by the people.

We can't let the ignorant, lazy and apathetic take over this country. We have to be involved to save it.

If you want to really learn this history, and want to really learn and teach how to shoot a rifle, and really want to spread the word you can. Become involved in Appleseed and spread the word to wake people up.

We don't have to fight another revolution to take back our country. We don't have to bury our guns or hide in our basements, we only have to wake people up to the glorious gift bought and paid for by the blood of our forefathers.
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Part 13- The Fight

Capt. Parker's men watched the redcoats form into battle formation some 70 yards away, their bayonets glinting in the early morning light.

Suddenly Major Pitcairn swinging his pistol rode closed half the distance to the militia and shouted at them "lay down your weapons, ye villains, ye rebels, lay down your arms and disperse!"

Capt. Parker had made his point. Vastly outnumbered he turned to his men and told them to disperse. At the same time a shot rang out. Paul Revere would later testify that it sounded like a pistol shot as he retreated with the trunk of papers. Others reported it came from the side of the green from behind a wall. A loud sharp sound in an open space surrounded by building often bounces around making it hard to pinpoint. No one knows who fired that first shot but we know who fired the first shots. Without orders, the front line of the regulars opened up in an ragged volley. The second line advanced and poured a full volley into the militia as they scrambled away.

Most of the men wounded were shot in the back. Jonas Parker, Capt. Parker's uncle took off his hat, threw it on the ground with his flint and ball. He defiantly stood his ground yelling "I shall not run". He was immediately knocked down by a musket ball. Prince Esterbrook was also knocked down latter to be helped off the field.

The troops now out of control and ignoring orders charged the militia with bayonets, they bayoneted Jonas Parker to death as he lay on the ground trying to reload his musket. They continued after all those who ran.

Jonathon Harrington's uncle and namesake was shot in the back as he retreated. He rose back to his feet and collapsed again. Crawling on his hands and knees he made his way to the edge off the green. Falling into the arms of his horrified wife on their doorstep, he died as his children watched from the doorway.

At the other end of the green, Caleb Harrington, John Simmons and another man were caught in the meeting hall as the redcoats swarmed on to the green. When the troops charged they attempted to make a run for it. They were seen by soldiers who fired upon them. The other man was wounded but was able to make it to the cover of a woodpile. Caleb was shot down and killed as he ran. Simmons was forced back into the meeting hall where he barricaded the door. The soldiers who fired upon him pounded on the door trying to gain entry. Simmons knew that if they entered they were likely to find the town's black powder supply stored on the second floor. He ran up the stairs as the troops broke down the front door and started searching for him. Picking up his musket, he thrust the muzzle into one of the barrels of powder. "They would pay a heavy price for the powder today" he said to himself as he cocked the hammer and said a prayer.

The soldiers on the green still out of control were hunting down anyone they could find. Col. Smith back in the main column rode to the sound of the fighting and was shocked to see his troops rampaging through the town ignoring their officers. He quickly grabbed a drummer and had him beat to assembly. The men, more out of conditioning than duty began to respond.

Back in the meeting house the soldiers reached the bottom of the stairs. John Simmons closed his eyes and began to squeeze the trigger. As they began to climb the stairs they heard the beat of the drum. Conditioned to react to the drum and without further thought, the soldiers wheeled around and exited the meeting house angry that the rebel they had chased into it would slip through their fingers.

It took some time for the troops to reassemble. Their blood lust was up and they were reluctant to stop. Col. Smith finally got them into order and calling upon his officers told them the mission.

Many of the officers realized that they had just fired without orders. They knew that their men had gone out of control and they would be held responsible for the deaths. There would be courts-martial and trials. The countryside would be up in arms over this atrocity. They had another 8 miles further west to travel and another 18 miles back to Boston though hostile territory. To continue would be folly.

Col. Smith looked past the officers to the men. He and they were still charged up for the fight. He listened to the arguments of his officers and clearly stated that the mission would continue. Turning back to the men, he ordered three HUZZAHS and a volley of musket fire to celebrate the victory. Forming back into column they began the march west to Concord.
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Part 14- The Aftermath

Capt. Parker standing on the green looked at the dead and wounded. He looked past the green to the houses and the heard the lament of the women and families who lost loved ones. He saw others scurrying about taking anything of value and burying it in the garden. He knew that the column had continued west and would come back through Lexington. He knew there would be reprisals against the town for standing up to the king's troops. He knew there would be pillaging and plundering.

He also knew that if he didn't hide the bodies of those who were slain, the army would dig them up, and hang them out of spite and as a warning. His men would take the dead to the edge of the burial grown and dig a ditch. They would bury the dead including his uncle Jonas in the ditch and then cover the ditch with leaves, branches and brush to disguise the grave.

He knew that the fight wasn't over. He began to prepare to avenge the attack on his town.

Young Jonathon Harrington couldn't stop crying. He had lost his uncle and his cousin. He had seen his friends and neighbors shot down. Of the 9 sets of fathers and sons on the green, 5 were separated by death.

The day had just begun. No one knew what would transpire that day or how it would end. They did know that by standing up for their liberty the spark of revolution had been lit.
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At Appleseed we tell the story in three parts. Part one is the Lexington story you just read. Part two is the events at a Concord and part three is the fight back to Boston.

We all know the story doesn't end in Lexington. The other two stories are as intriguing as the one I just told. You'll have to go to an Appleseed to hear the rest. It is well worth it.

I did want to throw out some interesting tidbits about the story I just told.

If you recall, Dr. Joseph Warren found out the details of the raid on Concord through someone high up in Gen. Gage's command. That person is thought to have been Gage's wife. Margaret Kimble Gage was American born and her high status in society put her in contact with many people including Dr. Warren. It was pretty evident who gave Warren the information. After the battle, Gen. Gage put her on a ship ferrying wounded back to England. They reportedly never lived under the same roof again.

Dr. Warren was a widower with 4 young children yet he spent most of his time working for the cause. While the British were fighting their way back from Concord, he rode out and connected with the militia near Lexington. Despite have no military experience he distinguished himself in such close contact with the enemy that he was offered a Generalship after the battle. At one point a musket ball cut a hair lock (ribbon that held back his long hair) on his head.

Warren refused the rank saying he hadn't earned it. In June of that year he was fighting as a private but in command of a delaying action on Bunker Hill. They were holding off the British advance until the militia could retreat. He was killed on the last charge up the hill by the British. Sadly Dr. Warren who is relatively unknown today, would likely have gone down in history of one of our great founding fathers, perhaps even a president had he lived.

Major Pitcairn, the officer who led his Royal Marines on Lexington Green was also on Bunker Hill with Dr. Warren in June. He was however on the other side. Pitcairn was wounded in the last charge that took the hill and killed Dr. Warren. Pitcairn died in the arms of his son who was a Lieutenant in the king's army.

Fifer Jonathon Harrington survived Lexington and went on to enlist in the Colonial Army. He fought in many battles and survived the war. He lived to a ripe old age.

William Diamond, the Lexington drummer also survived the battle. He also enlisted and survived the war. He became a prominent citizen. Ten thousand people came to his funeral when he died.

Capt. John Parker was sick from tuberculosis when he stood his ground at Lexington on April 19th. Later in the day he would lead his militia west and get his revenge against Col. Smith. He died in August of that year from the disease.

Dr. Samuel Prescott rode to Concord after he escaped from the officers on the road. He warned the town and they sent out other riders to spread the word. His brother Able was one of the riders. Able Prescott was killed later in the day at the south bridge while trying to return to town. Samuel Prescott never married his fiance'. He enlisted as a ship's surgeon and was captured. He died of disease aboard a filthy prison barge two years later. Without a word from him or about him Lydia Mulligan waited 7 years for him to return.

William Dawes, the other rider out of Boston never made it to Concord. Upon escaping, he rode until he was thrown from his horse losing his pocket watch in the process. Battered, bruised and frightened, he decided he had had enough. He turned around and limped back to Boston. He later went back and found his watch.

Prince Esterbrook was wounded but survived the Lexington battle. He signed on for a number of short term militia enlistments and then in the Continental Army. He and hundreds of other slaves served in the first integrated army and the last until the Korean war. Esterbrook survived the war and was freed for serving as were many others. Their service in the revolution was the seed that grew into the abolitionist movement in the New England states after the war.
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Wonderful telling of an important story - thank you mac. Been thinking of trying to find & attend an appleseed event - this makes me even more enthusiastic about doing so.
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