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Lincoln in Middlesex County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Bloody Angle

Minute Man Nat'l Hist Park, Mass

 

—National Park Service —

 
Bloody Angle Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, April 17, 2009
1. Bloody Angle Marker
Inscription. Some of the most intense fighting on April 19, 1775 occurred in this area, which later became known as “Bloody Angle.” Unlike most of the 18th-century Battle Road landscape, which was open farmland, this site had woods and bends in the road which allowed the Colonists to set up an ambush.

“Upon our ascending the height to the road” said British Lt. Sutherland, “[the Woburn Militia] gave us a very heavy fire, but some shot from the left hand drew my attention that way when I saw a much larger body drawn up to my left . . .”

These were the men who had crossed the farm fields from Meriam’s Corner. The British troops were caught in a cross-fire from both sides of the road.

“We arrived just in time to meet the enemy. These were then on the opposite side of the road, a young growth of wood well filled with Americans. The enemy was now completely between two fires, renewed and briskly kept up. They ordered out a flank guard on the left to dislodge the Americans from their posts behind larger trees, but they only became a better mark to be shot at. A short but sharp contest ensued, at which the enemy received more deadly injury than at any one place from Concord to Charleston. Eight or more of their number were killed on the spot, and no doubt, many wounded.”
Marker on the Battle Road Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, April 17, 2009
2. Marker on the Battle Road
- Edmund Foster, Reading Minute Man


1:00 p.m. April 19, 1775 Bloody Angle
Colonial Militia 1500 Men
British Regulars 700 Men
14¼ miles & 6 hours to Boston
 
Erected by Minute Man National Historical Park.
 
Location. 42° 27.207′ N, 71° 17.582′ W. Marker is in Lincoln, Massachusetts, in Middlesex County. Marker is at the intersection of Bedford Lane and Battle Road, on the left when traveling north on Bedford Lane. Click for map. Marker is located along the Battle Road in Minute Man National Historical Park. Marker is in this post office area: Lincoln MA 01773, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hartwell Tavern Historical Area (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Trades along the Battle Road (approx. 0.6 miles away); Weapon of the Day (approx. 0.7 miles away); End of Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride (approx. ¾ mile away); The Capture of Paul Revere (approx. ¾ mile away); The Midnight Riders (approx. ¾ mile away); Paul Revere Capture Site (approx. 0.8 miles away); Brooks Historical Area (approx. 0.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lincoln.
 
More about this marker. The top left of the marker contains a portrait of “Loammi Baldwin [who]
Bloody Angle Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, April 17, 2009
3. Bloody Angle Marker
commanded the Woburn Militia at Bloody Angle.” The top right features a picture of lines of British soldiers exchanging fire with Colonial troops behind trees. The bottom of the maker includes a map of the route from Concord to Lexington, with the site of the Bloody Angle indicated.
 
Also see . . .
1. Minute Man National Historical Park. National Park Service website. (Submitted on April 19, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. The Battle of Concord. The American Revolutionary War website. (Submitted on May 7, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Notable EventsWar, US Revolutionary
 
Grave of a British Soldier Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, April 17, 2009
4. Grave of a British Soldier
Soldiers were often buried where they fell on the battlefield. This gravestone, located just in front of the marker, indicates that British soldiers were buried near this spot on April 19, 1775.
Bloody Angle Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, April 17, 2009
5. Bloody Angle
British troops advancing across this field were caught in a vicious cross-fire during their retreat to Boston from Americans concealed in the woods.
British Soldier Headstone Photo, Click for full size
By Gary Flemming, May 31, 2009
6. British Soldier Headstone
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 2,653 times since then and 189 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   4, 5. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   6. submitted on , by Gary Flemming of Billerica, Massachusetts. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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