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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Concord in Middlesex County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Landscape Changes

 
 
Landscape Changes Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, April 17, 2009
1. Landscape Changes Marker
Inscription. At the time of the Battle, this area was a cleared pasture owned by Samuel Brooks, whose house is on Battle Road before you. In contrast to todayís forested landscape, the 1775 landscape was predominantly open farmland.

A common myth about the fighting on April 19th is that the Colonists hid in the woods and fired at the British column. In fact, there were only occasional woodlots; cover was more often provided by stone walls, houses and outbuildings.

Whenever you see a stone wall through or along woods, it means that historically the area was cleared. Farmers removed the stones to utilize the fields, and they often piled them into walls rather than cart them away.
 
Erected by Minute Man National Historical Park.
 
Location. 42° 27.211′ N, 71° 18.502′ W. Marker is in Concord, Massachusetts, in Middlesex County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of N Great Road (Massachusetts Route 2A) and Concord Tnpk, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker in near the Brooks Village parking lot in Minute Man National Historical Park. Marker is in this post office area: Concord MA 01742, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Brooks Historical Area
Marker in Minute Man Natíl Hist Park Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, April 17, 2009
2. Marker in Minute Man Natíl Hist Park
During the fighting on the Battle Road on April 19, 1775, Colonial soldiers fired at the British troops from behind stone walls, such as the one seen on the left in this photo.
(a few steps from this marker); Trades along the Battle Road (approx. 0.2 miles away); Meriamís Corner (approx. 0.8 miles away); Bloody Angle (approx. 0.8 miles away); Hartwell Tavern Historical Area (approx. 0.8 miles away); a different marker also named Meriamís Corner (approx. 0.9 miles away); a different marker also named Meriamís Corner (approx. 0.9 miles away); Bedford Minutemen (approx. one mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Concord.
 
More about this marker. The bottom of the marker features a picture of Colonial soldiers firing from behind a stone wall.
 
Also see . . .
1. Minute Man National Historical Park. National Park Service website. (Submitted on May 2, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. Battle of Concord. (Submitted on May 2, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
3. 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
 
Samuel Brooks House Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, April 17, 2009
3. Samuel Brooks House
The marker is located in Minute Man National Historical Park, behind the Samuel Brooks House.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 916 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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