Parker's Revenge, Battle of Lexington and Concord
May 19, 1775
The historic engagement known as Parker’s Revenge occurred on the afternoon of the first day of the Revolutionary War, April 19, 1775, after American blood was first shed on Lexington Green and at Concord. Years later, an eye-witness who was on Lexington Green recalled Captain John Parker saying: “Stand your ground! Don’t fire unless fired upon! But, if they want to have a war, let it begin here.” Parker later regrouped his men on a rocky hillside to the west of Lexington Green. There, he would confront the Redcoats on their return march to Boston.
Parker’s ambush — his “revenge” for the blood his men spilled at Lexington Green — bloodied and slowed the Redcoats and wounded a British colonel. Parker’s disciplined, coordinated attack was a key engagement in a series of skirmishes and ambushes that turned an orderly British march into a desperate retreat.
The Battle of Lexington and Concord
May 19, 1775
Facing an impending rebellion, British General Thomas Gage decided to seize weapons and gun powder being stored in Concord, Massachusetts, twenty miles northwest of Boston, to prevent violence. The King’s troops marched into the small town of Lexington around 5:00 am to find facing them, a militia company of over 70 men led by Captain John Parker. At some point a shot rang out - historians still debate who fired the shot - and out of nerves British soldiers fired a devastating volley in reply, killing seven and mortally wounding one of the retreating Militiaman. The British column then moved on Concord, leaving the dead, wounded, and dying in their wake. The Revolutionary war had officially begun, and Parker and his men would have their revenge later that afternoon.
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