After having waited most of the night with no sign of any British troops (and wondering if Paul Revere's warning was true), at about 4:15 AM, Parker got his confirmation. Thaddeus Bowman, the last scout that Parker had sent out, rode up at a gallop and told him that they were not only coming, but coming in force and they were close. Captain Parker was clearly aware that he was outmatched in the confrontation and was not prepared to sacrifice his men for no purpose. He knew that most of the colonists' powder and military supplies at Concord had already been hidden. No war had been declared. (The Declaration of Independence was a year in the future). He also knew the British had gone on such expeditions before in Massachusetts, found nothing, and marched back to Boston.


One of my favorite parts about living out near Boston was being in the middle of so much history. Lexington and Concord were right there, quaint places, not incredibly touristy. There was a coffee/bike shop that closed kind of early and things were flat. A lot flatter than here. It was nice.

posted by francopoli: 1162 days ago