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

Reflections of the Revolution

 
 
Reflections of the Revolution Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 17, 2009
1. Reflections of the Revolution Marker
Inscription.
Concord Hymn
By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to Aprilís breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood,
And fired the shot heard round the world.

The foe long since in silence slept;
Alike the conqueror silent sleeps;
And Time the ruined bridge has swept
Down the dark stream that seaward creeps.

On this green bank, by this soft stream,
We set to-day a votive stone;
That memory may their deed redeem,
When, like our sires, our sons are gone.

Spirit, that made those heroes dare
to die, and leave their children free,
Bid Time and Nature gently spare
The shaft we raised to them and thee
.
Ralph Waldo Emerson


And Time the ruined bridge has swept . . . ” The landscape surrounding the North Bridge area has changed considerably since “the embattled farmers stood.” Farms have been abandoned. The old bridge was dismantled and old roads have disappeared.

We set to-day a votive stone . . . ” Other changes were the deliberate work of reverent townsfolk seeking to celebrate and understand our revolutionary past. The North Bridge sits in a 19th-century commemorative landscape. Two grand rows of trees create a ceremonial entrance from the east. The bridge
Markers in Minute Man National Historic Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 17, 2009
2. Markers in Minute Man National Historic Park
There are several markers found at this location. The Reflections of the Revolution marker is seen here on the left. The North Bridge, mentioned on the marker, is visible in the background.
and the monuments embody the ideals and self-government embraced by the Patriots in 1775.

In 1837, the first monument was dedicated on the site. Since there was no bridge at that time, it was placed on the “British” side, which was closest to town. During the dedication ceremony, the “Concord Hymn” by Ralph Waldo Emerson was sung, forever linking the phrase, “the shot heard round the world” with the North Bridge fight.
 
Location. 42° 28.207′ N, 71° 21.149′ W. Marker is in Concord, Massachusetts, in Middlesex County. Marker can be reached from Liberty Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is located in the Minute Man National Historic Park, overlooking 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. Two Revolutions (here, next to this marker); An Evolving Legacy (here, next to this marker); The Muster Field (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The North Bridge (about 400 feet away); The Road to Colonel Barrettís (about 500 feet away); Captain Isaac Davis (about 500 feet away); The Minuteman of Concord 1775 (about 600 feet away); Major John Buttrick (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Concord.
 
More about this marker.
Concord Battle Monument image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 17, 2009
3. Concord Battle Monument
The North Bridge is seen here behind the Concord Monument. It is within sight of the marker.
The marker contains a portrait of Ralph Waldo Emerson and a picture of the Concord Battle Monument.
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicWar, US Revolutionary
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 430 times since then and 4 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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