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

Thorning Boulder

 
 
Thorning Boulder Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 17, 2009
1. Thorning Boulder Marker
Inscription. This site, called “Minute Man Boulder,” is associated with Lincoln Minute Man William Thorning’s heroic action on April 19th, 1775.

According to local tradition, Thorning, who lived along this stretch of the Battle Road, joined in the pursuit of the British column. He encountered a flanking party of British light infantry. Dropping down into one of the farm ditches that crossed the landscape, he hid until the flanking party moved on. Thorning then ran to this rocky pasture and, sheltered behind a boulder, fired at the column again. He killed two British soldiers who are buried on a knoll across the road.
 
Erected by Minute Man National Historical Park.
 
Location. 42° 26.995′ N, 71° 16.472′ W. Marker is in Lincoln, Massachusetts, in Middlesex County. Marker can be reached from N Great Road (Massachusetts Route 2A), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is located in Minute Man National Historic Park, along the Battle Road. 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. Josiah Nelson House (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Thomas Nelson Jr. House (about 700 feet
Marker along the Battle Road image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 17, 2009
2. Marker along the Battle Road
away); Minute Man Visitor Center (approx. 0.2 miles away); Paul Revere Capture Site (approx. ¼ mile away); April 19, 1775-The Dawn of Revolution (approx. ¼ mile away); End of Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Capture of Paul Revere (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Midnight Riders (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lincoln.
 
More about this marker. The bottom right of the marker contains a picture of a colonial soldier firing his weapon.
 
Also see . . .
1. Minute Man National Historical Park. National Park Service website. (Submitted on April 24, 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
 
Thorning Boulder image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 17, 2009
3. Thorning Boulder
This photo of the Thorning Boulder was taken from the Battle Road.
Minute Man Boulder image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 17, 2009
4. Minute Man Boulder
William Thorning, a Minute Man from Lincoln, hid behind this boulder while the British Regulars passed by on their retreat to Boston. After they passed, Thorning fired on the British, killing two.
British Soldier Grave image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 17, 2009
5. British Soldier Grave
Near this site were buried the bodies of the two British Soldiers killed by William Thorning on April 19, 1775. This marker is found across the road from the Thorning Boulder.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 971 times since then and 85 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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