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

The Road to Colonel Barrett’s

 
 
The Road to Colonel Barrett’s Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 17, 2009
1. The Road to Colonel Barrett’s Marker
Inscription. In 1775 you would be standing at a fork on the Groton Road. The east fork, restored by the National Park Service, today leads up the hill to the Visitor Center. The west fork, now traced as a mown path, led to Colonel Barrett’s farm over a mile away.

120 British soldiers marched down the west fork, determined to seize cannon, muskets, and ammunition known to be hidden at Barrett’s farm. Another 96 were left behind to guard the Bridge. Barrett’s farm was the furthest point reached by any of the soldiers on that fateful British expedition from Boston.

General Gage, who ordered the march to Concord, believed that seizing stockpiles of weapons was not only a military necessity, but his prerogative as governor of the colony. The Colonists actively disagreed.

“Having received intelligence that a quantity of Ammunition, Provision, Artillery . . . and small arms, have been collected at Concord, for the Avowed Purpose of raising and supporting a rebellion . . . you will march . . . with the utmost expedition and secrecy to Concord, where you will seize and destroy all Military Stores whatever. But you will take care that the Soldiers do not plunder the inhabitants, or hurt private property.”
General Thomas Gage’s orders to Lt. Colonel Francis Smith

 
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Marker in Minute Man Nat'l Hist Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 17, 2009
2. Marker in Minute Man Nat'l Hist Park
Minute Man National Historical Park.
 
Location. 42° 28.137′ N, 71° 21.204′ W. Marker is in Concord, Massachusetts, in Middlesex County. Marker can be reached from Liberty Street, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is located in Minute Man National Historical Park, along the trail from the Visitor Center to the North Bridge. Marker is in this post office area: Concord MA 01742, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Captain David Brown House Site (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Captain Isaac Davis (about 400 feet away); Two Revolutions (about 500 feet away); An Evolving Legacy (about 500 feet away); Reflections of the Revolution (about 500 feet away); The Minuteman of Concord 1775 (about 600 feet away); The Muster Field (about 700 feet away); The North Bridge (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Concord.
 
More about this marker. The bottom left of the marker contains a picture of Concord residents loading weapons and gunpowder into a wagon.
 
Also see . . .
1. Minute Man National Historical Park. National Park Service website. (Submitted on April 23, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. The Battle of Concord
North Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 17, 2009
3. North Bridge
The North Bridge, where the Shot Heard Round the World was fired is located within sight of the marker.
. The American Revolutionary War website. (Submitted on May 7, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Notable PlacesWar, US Revolutionary
 
Col. James Barrett’s House image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 17, 2009
4. Col. James Barrett’s House
Col. Barrett’s farm was the farthest point reached by the British on April 19, 1775.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,137 times since then and 85 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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