Concord in Middlesex County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
Reﬂections of the Revolution
Their flag to April’s 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.
“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.
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. Touch 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 Barrett’s (about 500 feet away); Captain Isaac Davis The Minuteman of Concord 1775 (about 600 feet away); Major John Buttrick (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Concord.
More about this marker. The marker contains a portrait of Ralph Waldo Emerson and a picture of the Concord Battle Monument.
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 18, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 29, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 492 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 29, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.